For years, Colorado law enforcement agencies have routinely ignored or denied requests for internal investigations records involving alleged officer misconduct.
Mesa County is no exception. Back in 2014, then-Sheriff Rebecca Spiess denied the Sentinel's request for access to internal affairs records of two candidates for county sheriff who had worked or were working in the department.
Spiess cited the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act, which had allowed records to be withheld if they were determined to be "contrary to the public interest." (Read more here...)