Disclosure divide: TPD releases different versions of police reports

From Tallahassee Democrat: The Tallahassee Police Department scrubbed police reports of information — some of which it might be required by law to release — before handing them over to a Tallahassee Democrat reporter, but didn’t heavily redact the same reports when giving them to others.

As part of an investigation by the Democrat, the newspaper requested 10 police reports from TPD’s public-information officer during the month of June for crimes ranging from criminal mischief to burglaries and armed robbery. At the same time, newspaper staffers who didn’t identify themselves as media requested the same reports of active and ongoing police investigations from TPD’s public-records office for comparison purposes.

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