Category: Transparency

Louisiana Police Release Baton Rouge Shooter Video but Fail To Release Alton Sterling Shooting Video (Updated)

Louisiana Police Release Baton Rouge Shooter Video but Fail To Release Alton Sterling Shooting Video (Updated)

Almost two weeks have passed since the shooting of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and police continue to stall the release of video from officer body cameras as well as the Triple S Food Mart surveillance cameras, the latter which they seized without a warrant. Yet it took only a day for ...
North Carolina’s New Secret Police Video Law Blocks All Video Releases

North Carolina’s New Secret Police Video Law Blocks All Video Releases

North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory just signed into law an act making police body camera video an official state secret. Naturally, following the events of last week, civil rights and transparency advocates are in an uproar. North Carolina's Attorney General Roy Cooper, disagreed w ...
Louisiana Cops Arrest TV Reporter For Questioning Mayor’s Salary and Benefits

Louisiana Cops Arrest TV Reporter For Questioning Mayor’s Salary and Benefits

"This is what White Castle residents have to deal with." Chris Nakamoto is a true professional journalist, giving a deadpanned story lede to his videographer as he was being perp-walked by a burly cop for uncovering small town government corruption. He'd just uncovered an un-legisl ...
Massachusetts Police Department Caught Lying to Bury Public Record

Massachusetts Police Department Caught Lying to Bury Public Record

Co-authored with PINAC writer Andrew Quemere For a year and a half, the Quincy Police Department in Massachusetts has cited dubious and flat-out false reasons to deny a resident access to a police report she made about her neighbor urinating in public. In spite of the police departmen ...
Florida Town Clerk Calls PINAC Reporter “Asshole” for Making Public Records Request, then Lies About Photos She Took

Florida Town Clerk Calls PINAC Reporter “Asshole” for Making Public Records Request, then Lies About Photos She Took

PINAC reporter Jeff Gray conducted a public records audit at the town hall of Penney Farms last month, a tiny town in North Florida known more for its retirement community than its farms that describes itself as "one of the best kept secrets" in the state. And judging by town clerk An ...
Manslaughter Charge Dropped for Ex-Con Son Of NYPD Cop Accused of Killing Activist Before Fleeing

Manslaughter Charge Dropped for Ex-Con Son Of NYPD Cop Accused of Killing Activist Before Fleeing

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance this week dropped the manslaughter charge against the ex-con son of a well-connected NYPD family who was caught on video driving onto a sidewalk while texting before striking and killing an outspoken civil rights activist, then fleeing the scene on fo ...
Arizona Senator Withdraws Bill That Would Have Criminalized the Recording of Cops

Arizona Senator Withdraws Bill That Would Have Criminalized the Recording of Cops

The Arizona senator who was trying to pass a law that would have made it illegal to record police from within 20 feet withdrew his bill after a national backlash that anybody could have predicted. Anybody except John Kavanagh, the retired cop turned republican legislator who failed to ...