Category: Public Records

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...