We sure need more transparency here. The laws must change!
Excerpts from the Article:
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.
Records are CONFIDENTIAL in 23 states.
Records have LIMITED availability in 15 states.
Records are PUBLIC in 12 states.