Fri January 10, 2014
Newspaper: Records Withheld In Police Shootings
A newspaper reports that the Albuquerque Police Department is withholding numerous documents and other material requested in connection with officer-involved police shootings.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, the material requested under the state Inspection of Public Records Act in recent months but not provided includes documents, 911 calls and lapel camera videos.
The newspaper reports that the department asks for delays without explanation, denies requests involving ongoing investigations and is reviewing one request without further comment.
Deputy city attorney Kathryn Levy says some records are withheld temporarily so criminal investigations aren't compromised.
Levy says that's allowed under an exception to the records law and that records are released as soon as they're not needed for investigations.