AG’s opinion: Police agency violated open records law
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky attorney general’s opinion says a police department violated the state’s open records law when it denied a request for an ex-detective’s personnel records.
The opinion released Monday said the records should have been made available, regardless of the “purportedly questionable motivation” of the person seeking the information.
The case involves Jeffersontown police and Anthony Clyburn. Clyburn sought personnel records, recordings, videotape, correspondence and reports regarding the former detective.
The department denied Clyburn’s request, citing the private nature of the records and “highly questionable veracity” of his claims to be a reporter. It also said it was part of a vendetta against the detective.
The opinion says the records were of “significant public interest,” and that Clyburn’s motivation was legally irrelevant. It says personal information could have been redacted.
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