Category: Public Records

Florida Senate Bill 1220: A Poor Solution to Fake Problems

Florida Senate Bill 1220: A Poor Solution to Fake Problems

As addressed in my recent article, the Florida League of Cities is pushing for a dramatic and unwarranted change to Florida's Public Records Act for which no empirical justification is offered.  Further, its anecdotal reliance on cases it cites actually undermines its basic premise. T ...
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 ...
Noncompliance: The Real Abuse of Florida’s Public Records Laws

Noncompliance: The Real Abuse of Florida’s Public Records Laws

The basic premise of Florida's Public Records Act is that the public has a right to access any records dealing with official government business.  Its purpose is to promote public awareness and knowledge of government actions to ensure the government remains accountable to the people.  T ...
Pentagon Releases Torture Prisoner Photos of Iraq/Afghan Wars, Withholding Thousands More

Pentagon Releases Torture Prisoner Photos of Iraq/Afghan Wars, Withholding Thousands More

It took more than a decade, but the federal government finally released nearly 200 photos depicting prisoner abuse by American soldiers during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The photos were released Friday in response to an ACLU lawsuit filed in 2004 when George W. Bush was still p ...
Albuquerque Police Public Records Clerk Sues Chief for Ordering Him to Withhold Public Records

Albuquerque Police Public Records Clerk Sues Chief for Ordering Him to Withhold Public Records

The Albuquerque Police Department has found its way into another lawsuit. This time a former employee is suing on grounds of wrongful termination for not complying to Police Chief Gorden Eden's orders to find ways to deny public records request. The New Mexico police agency has been a ...
Albuquerque Police Sued by ACLU for Refusing to Release Footage of Police Shooting Man to Death

Albuquerque Police Sued by ACLU for Refusing to Release Footage of Police Shooting Man to Death

The Albuquerque Police Department is being sued again for refusing to release body camera footage showing police shooting a man to death. The ACLU of New Mexico is representing Burque Media and other plaintiffs in a suit against the police department for denying public records request ...
Houston Police Officer Fired for Sending Drivers Fake Speeding Tickets via Certified Mail

Houston Police Officer Fired for Sending Drivers Fake Speeding Tickets via Certified Mail

A veteran police officer in Texas lost his job after his bizarre ticket-writing habit came to light where he would send citations through certified mail to people he had never pulled over.   Houston police officer Dave Carter claimed he determined these drivers were speeding b ...
Denver Cop Takes Himself Off-Duty to Have Sex with Mentally Disabled Woman, Report Claims

Denver Cop Takes Himself Off-Duty to Have Sex with Mentally Disabled Woman, Report Claims

A Colorado cop is coming under fire after a mentally disabled woman is accusing him of having sex with her while she was drunk. Denver police officer Travis Jackson was suspended on Tuesday by the Denver Civil Service Commission for 20 days but to the dismay of many not for sexual mis ...
PINAC’s Jeff Gray Gets Assaulted for Making Public Records Request; Returns With Television News Crew

PINAC’s Jeff Gray Gets Assaulted for Making Public Records Request; Returns With Television News Crew

October is School Bus Safety Month, which means school bus contractors will go out of their way to show the public that their buses are in compliance with safety standards. Or more likely, go out of their way to push and shove citizens making these requests out of their office. Tha ...