Access to Records in Police Misconduct Investigations Serves Public Interest
Participated in an amicus letter (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Supreme Court of Washington in Does 1-6 v. Seattle Police Department, et al. The case concerns six Seattle police officers who attended the “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. The Seattle Police Department opened misconduct investigations to determine if any of the officers were involved in the subsequent storming of the U.S. Capitol. Following a request for release of the records, the officers (proceeding under pseudonyms) filed a motion to enjoin release of the records, citing their privacy rights. The amicus brief focuses on the substantial public interest served when members of the public and news media have access to records involving police misconduct investigations, including when the allegations are found to be unsubstantiated.