Lyssikatos v. King (2017)
Category: Active Case Open Government Police Practices
About This Case:
This is a series of legal actions over police departments' refusal to release reports of alleged police officer misconduct generated by their Internal Affairs Divisions (IAD).
A lawsuit, Lyssikatos v. King, filed on behalf of Dimitri Lyssikatos, a member of the Rhode Island Accountability Project, argues that the Pawtucket Police Department's refusal to release the records is a violation of the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).
In a separate legal action, in July 2019, as a result of the Woonsocket Police Department's refusal to release similar records, the ACLU appealed to 1) the RI Supreme Court and 2) the Attorney General requesting that both bodies reverse a 2017 Attorney General decision that allows police to keep secret some of its reports of police misconduct. Woonsocket subsequently released the records in August 2019.
The ACLU of RI lawsuit against the Pawtucket Police Department is pending.
ACLU Cooperating Attorneys:
James D. Cullen, R. Kelly Sheridan
- The Lawsuit
- Related RI Attorney General Opinion
- Lyssikatos Motion for Summary Judgement (December 2018)
- Lyssikatos Cert Memo (May 2019)
- Defendant's Objection to Cert Memo (June 2019)
- ACLU Appeal to RI Supreme Court
- Letter of Appeal to AG Neronha (re: Woonsocket)
Related News Releases
- Aug 27, 2019 - Woonsocket Agrees to Make Police Misconduct Records Public
- Jul 22, 2019 - ACLU Mounts Two-Pronged Attack to Make Records of Police Misconduct Public
- Mar 18, 2019 - Court Denies ACLU Motion Seeking Access to Pawtucket Police Misconduct Records
- Aug 08, 2017 - ACLU Sues Pawtucket Police Over Failure to Turn Over Reports of Alleged Police Misconduct