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Daily Dashboard | Mass. court rules police records are public information Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, April 20, 2018

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A recent ruling from Suffolk Superior Court in Massachusetts makes certain police records publicly available, prohibiting law enforcement from withholding information on lists of people jailed, arrested police officers' mug shots, and police reports on public officials, The Boston Globe reports. Brian McGrory, editor of The Boston Globe, which filed the suit in 2015, said, “This is a key victory for public access, barring law enforcement from arbitrarily withholding documents, often about accused and suspected criminals.” The ruling could have “far-reaching implications for journalists and citizens trying to obtain records on public officials and other influential people who break the law,” the report states.
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