Judge rules Arkansas State Police public information officer violated Freedom of Information Act

A judge has ruled that Arkansas State Police public information officer, Bill Sadler, violated the Freedom of Information Act.

Circuit Judge Stephen Tabor found Sadler had committed five civil violations of the FOIA law when he relied on a "blanket police" and failed to give valid reasons for not releasing dashcam videos.

Judge Tabor ordered those videos be released Monday in five cases being overseen by attorney W. Whitfield Hyman.

Hyman sued Sadler for rejecting his FOIA requests on the ground that they were exempt as part of an ongoing investigation.