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Friday, December 28, 2007

Yale Cops Subject to State FOI, Commission Says

If Yale police can make arrests and testify in court — invoking the same powers as a regular police agency — they should also be subject to open records laws, the head of the state Freedom of Information Commission ruled this week.

Yale University has long kept crime reports and other records held by its police department secret, claiming that its private police force is exempt from public oversight.

Janet Perrotti, a New Haven public defender, challenged that policy after two Yale cops arrested her client, a black teenager, for riding his bike on a city sidewalk this past spring.

More here.

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