Law Enforcement Disciplinary Records Should Be Released
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Uniformed Fire Officers Association v. De Blasio. This case concerns increased access to the disciplinary records of New York City law enforcement officers following repeal of a statutory provision. The district court granted in part and denied in part a motion by New York law enforcement unions for a preliminary injunction. The amicus brief argues that the preliminary injunction should be reversed in part and affirmed in part to allow the release of all misconduct records at issue. The brief argues that release of the records would not violate collective bargaining agreements, and that exemptions under New York State’s Freedom of Information Law are discretionary, not mandatory.