Watch the latest Sandy Hook Elementary school FOIA hearing that took place February 18th in Hartford, Connecticut thanks to Wolfgang Halbig.
Between Connecticut state police and Newtown police, Mr. Halbig has been given the royal runaround in his request for signed, sworn narrative police reports – and several police dash cam videos.
Withheld from the people who paid for them. The state police are withholding the sworn, signed police reports, claiming they’re exempt from FOIA because the Newtown police involved were considered “witnesses.” The dash cam videos are likewise being withheld as FOIA-exempt evidence.
But Mr. Halbig’s attorney, Kay Wilson, made the argument that the dash cams are public documents, based on an established ruling.
The hearing officer, an attorney, asked to be briefed on this argument within two weeks. This is very good news.
One big disclosure of the day is that the sworn, signed incident reports by at least three Newtown police officers are in the possession of the state police. Whether they will ever be released – or held forever as exempt – remains to be seen.
Eye strain and aggravation. So far, all Mr. Halbig has received from Newtown and the state police – besides a runaround – have been heavily redacted dash cam videos, two almost fully redacted police reports and, most telling, “interviews” of police (typed and submitted on thumb drives) that he had to wade through hundreds of online pages to find. Even Cinderella’s eyes would have dried up and blown away by now.
Mr. Halbig deserves your help. He isn’t going away. He has stood firm all along, accumulating legal expenses to enforce Freedom of Information Act rights. No one should have to hire a lawyer to ensure that the FOIA is correctly adhered to by government agencies. To lend him your support, please go here.
For a detailed account of the hearing by SH investigator Tony Mead, go here.