Prompted by an Attorney General advisory opinion which allows law enforcement agencies to withhold from the public the final reports of internal investigations of police misconduct, we supported legislation to clarify the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) to ensure police accountability and transparency when it comes to those findings. The AG opinion held that only the results of citizen-generated complaints – not those internally initiated by a department – need be disclosed. That distinction makes no sense, and robs the public of vital information. This bill would make clear that the public can see all final reports of police misconduct investigations and reinstate public oversight of law enforcement that the AG opinion undermined.  

Sponsors

Representative Edith Ajello

Status

Held for Further Study

Session

2021

Bill number

Position

Support