City of Lexington sues man over police surveillance video request

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A Lexington man is being sued by the city after he filed an open records request for documents about surveillance cameras, owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department.

Michael Maharrey says the city of Lexington denied his request to get more specific information on the surveillance the police department uses.

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Maharrey says the Attorney General’s Office overturned the city’s denial, but now the city is suing him to keep those records closed.

Maharrey is being represented by the ACLU of Kentucky and says this case is important in keeping government transparent and accountable.

“It’s a privacy issue and we’ve seen over and over again that these types of technologies have been abused when not subject to oversight and transparency. I can tell you stories about police officers using it to track their ex-girlfriend. Anybody can access footage from these cameras,” said Maharrey.

ABC 36 reached out to the city of Lexington for comment.

They say they do not comment on ongoing litigation.