I have very little control over when I come into possession of documents relating to Criminal Justice Issues, believe it or not sometimes it is over Holidays or on Weekends despite what some might think. Inevitably, once I come into possession of certain documents often it requires a Public Records Request not only to confirm authenticity but also to try and get the full story. Obviously, this doesn’t make me real popular with Public Records Clerks but someone in the Media must do this kind of stuff to try and keep OUR employees honest and above board.
The PRR I submitted today could easily have some far-reaching effects on several issues including a very high-profile Criminal Case, as well as the “Good Old”, “Lets hide this sucker it makes us look awful!”, the same things I ran into with the Officer Chris McMurtrey case, a case where Chief Craig Meidl publicly admitted would not have seen the light of day if it weren’t for my PRR. Like the McMurtrey case the information I am seeking is over a year old and may not have ever come to light because of the SPD transparency problem.
At this point I have reached out to some folks to get some answers from them regarding their handling of the case, and I will tread somewhat lightly until I get answers from them.
We will have to see how this one turns out, but based on what I do have in the way of documents it could get real ugly and explain why top City Administrators aren’t onboard about letting the Public know about improprieties.
Stay tuned…even on Weekends and Holidays it could get interesting.