New Challenges to Secrecy That Protects Police Files

A case headed for a Staten Island courtroom on Thursday that seeks to unlock grand jury evidence in the police killing of Eric Garner is part of a national push to pry from law enforcement information long kept secret.

While journalists and civil libertarians have historically clamored for the release of details related to questionable police actions, the crisis of confidence in law enforcement that followed Mr. Garner’s death and the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Mo., has propelled the issue onto legislative and political agendas nationwide.

From Albany to Jefferson City, Mo., to Sacramento, elected officials and law enforcement leaders are increasingly confronting demands for police information and questions of transparency in the criminal justice system. Continue>>>