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EXCLUSIVE: Miami’s Top Prosecutor Busted Censoring Darren Rainey Protesters

EXCLUSIVE: Miami’s Top Prosecutor Busted Censoring Darren Rainey Protesters

Miami-Dade County's State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle is censoring at least 100 of her critics on Twitter, including a dozen accounts either named Darren Rainey or with the deceased man's profile image. We have pictures to prove it. It all started when the prosecutor sent a ...
Florida Man Fights Extensive Public Records Request Abuse

Florida Man Fights Extensive Public Records Request Abuse

The City of Homestead has a torrid reputation and a pattern of willfully refusing to comply with the public records law. Homestead is a little town at the southern end of Miami-Dade County, rarely receiving the scrutiny it deserves as a cesspool of public corruption and maleficence. I ...
Missouri Police Association Sues Missouri Police Department Over Public Records Violations

Missouri Police Association Sues Missouri Police Department Over Public Records Violations

A Missouri police association filed a lawsuit against the city of Columbia, accusing its police department of violating the state's public records law by refusing to provide records in a timely manner, then charging an exorbitant amount for the requested records. Last summer, the Colu ...
Ohio Sheriff Sued after Video She tried to Destroy Surfaces, Showing Deputy Pepper Spraying Restrained Woman

Ohio Sheriff Sued after Video She tried to Destroy Surfaces, Showing Deputy Pepper Spraying Restrained Woman

An Ohio sheriff's sergeant thought it was all fun and games when she and fellow deputies deleted video footage that showed her pepper spraying a women strapped down in a restraint chair. But now the joke is on her because the video still exists, resulting in a lawsuit against Montgome ...
PINAC’s Executive Director Sues Miami Beach Mayor over Social Media Censorship (Updated)

PINAC’s Executive Director Sues Miami Beach Mayor over Social Media Censorship (Updated)

Like most politicians, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine campaigned on a platform of promising better transparency to his constituents. And like most politicians, he proved to be a liar. But unlike most politicians, he is being sued over his broken promise. The lawsuit, which you ...
Massachusetts Police Refuse to Disclose Internal Affairs Records for Cops Named in Lawsuit

Massachusetts Police Refuse to Disclose Internal Affairs Records for Cops Named in Lawsuit

The Amherst Police Department in Massachusetts has refused to comply with a public records request from PINAC that asked for the internal affairs records for two police officers who were named in a civil rights lawsuit this month. According to the suit filed by Joshua Sampson, Amherst ...
Massachusetts State Officials May or May Not Begin Enforcing Public Records Law Again

Massachusetts State Officials May or May Not Begin Enforcing Public Records Law Again

Co-written with Maya Shaffer For the first time in more than a year, the Massachusetts attorney general’s office has been prompted to take action against government officials who have violated the state’s public records law. That’s good news, but it’s also the latest reminder tha ...