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Judge Says St. Louis Police Violate Sunshine Law By Overcharging For Arrest Reports

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Judge Says St. Louis Police Violate Sunshine Law By Overcharging For Arrest Reports

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) A St. Louis circuit judge has ordered the St. Louis police department to make arrest reports available at a much lower cost after he found the department charged citizens more than is allowed by law. According to the ACLU, St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker found the city police department violated the state’s […]

Judge Says St. Louis Police Violate Sunshine Law By Overcharging For Arrest Reports

ST. LOUIS (KTRS) A St. Louis circuit judge has ordered the St. Louis police department to make arrest reports available at a much lower cost after he found the department charged citizens more than is allowed by law. According to the ACLU, St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker found the city police department violated the state’s Sunshine Law when it charged more than $1,300 for 138 arrest reports over a two-day period in June, 2016 – or $6.50 per report plus $480,00 in staff time. The ACLU says Judge Dierker found the St. Louis Police Department does not maintain records in a format that is consistent with Sunshine Law guidelines and requires extra costs to produce requested information.

The ACLU says public records should be easily accessible and not cost prohibitive.

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