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This WNYC Project is a great read on obtaining police misconduct records.
If a police officer in your community has a history of misconduct, can you find out about it? It depends where you live.
WNYC spoke to attorneys and experts in all 50 states and reviewed relevant statutes and court cases to get a national picture of a local issue. We found that a police officer’s disciplinary history is effectively confidential in almost half of US states.
In some of these states, the law explicitly exempts these records from public view. In others, records are secret in practice because police departments routinely withhold them under vague legal standards or in spite of court precedents.