Category: Open Records Project

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 ...
Seattle Police Erasing Thousands of Dash Cam Videos, Massively Breaching Public Records Law

Seattle Police Erasing Thousands of Dash Cam Videos, Massively Breaching Public Records Law

Washington state law requires all known videos by police to be kept for 90 days, but Seattle Police capture dash video from all patrol cruisers and automatically dump it 3-5 days later. Seattle activist Tim Clemans requested video from the fail-safe dash cam video recording system imp ...
Boston Police Won’t Turn Over Public Records Despite Pocketing Fees

Boston Police Won’t Turn Over Public Records Despite Pocketing Fees

Co-written with Maya Shaffer “It is shameful that this is happening in such a progressive state like Massachusetts, which is supposed to value transparency and freedom of information. I believe that nothing short of the threat of legal charges will convince the media relations departm ...
Miami Beach Asks $73,000 For Water Pollution Public Records Request by Newspaper (UPDATED)

Miami Beach Asks $73,000 For Water Pollution Public Records Request by Newspaper (UPDATED)

The City of Miami Beach just asked the Miami Herald for almost $73,000 to hire one of their employees for a year, just to deliver public records documents related to “human-source fecal marker” and water quality. Miami Herald reporter Jenny Staletovich requested a series of emails und ...
Florida Prosecutors Drop Charges Against PINAC Reporter Jeff Gray – Again

Florida Prosecutors Drop Charges Against PINAC Reporter Jeff Gray – Again

For the fifth time since 2010, Florida prosecutors were forced to dismiss criminal charges against PINAC reporter Jeff Gray before even going to trial, proving once again what we have known all along. That his arrests are always unlawful and unconstitutional; nothing but an attempt to ...
Louisiana Sheriff’s Deputy Jailed on Theft Charges Following PINAC Investigation

Louisiana Sheriff’s Deputy Jailed on Theft Charges Following PINAC Investigation

Maxine Trahan, longtime public information officer for the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana, was charged Friday with the theft of public funds in excess of $25,000 – six months after Photography is Not a Crime began a public records investigation into allegations against the m ...
Florida School Board Attorney Tried to Persuade Prosecutor to File Felony Wiretapping Charges Against PINAC Reporter

Florida School Board Attorney Tried to Persuade Prosecutor to File Felony Wiretapping Charges Against PINAC Reporter

Behind closed doors in secret meetings, an attorney for a Florida school board appears to have met with a local state attorney in the hopes to pursue felony criminal charges against PINAC reporter Jeff Gray. According to emails recently obtained through a public records request, it wa ...
Louisiana Marshal Sentenced to Jail and Huge Fine For Violating Public Records Law

Louisiana Marshal Sentenced to Jail and Huge Fine For Violating Public Records Law

A Louisiana Marshal is going to jail for willfully violating public records law, and court orders to comply. Lafayette's top cop the elected City Marshal Brian Pope, was sentenced to 30 days under key with all but 7 of them suspended, for blatantly violating Louisiana's open records l ...
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 ...