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Conn. Newspapers: Police Flouting FOI Laws

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Three newspapers in Connecticut sent reporters to all police departments in the state and found that some of them refused to release documents they're required to disclose under Connecticut's Freedom of Information Act.

Reporters with the New Haven Register, The Middletown Press and The Register Citizen visited all 92 municipal police departments and 11 state police troops to check compliance with public records laws. The report comes during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative promoting open government.

The newspapers say police in New Haven, West Haven, Branford, Middlebury, Westport and state police in Bridgeport failed to provide basic information on arrests as required.

The newspapers gave about a quarter of police departments an "A'' for their FOI compliance. Fifty-nine percent of departments got a "B," while six departments got an "F."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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