Newtown officials ordered to provide 911 calls to public records panel for review

From Washington Post:  A state Freedom of Information commission on Monday ordered Newtown officials to provide it with 911 calls from the day of the shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary School as it considers an appeal for their release by The Associated Press.

A hearing officer, Kathleen Ross, directed the town to provide the copies to the FOI commission within two weeks. She said the commission would weigh objections raised by investigators as it evaluates whether the material should be made available publicly.

The prosecutor leading the investigation into the massacre, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, argued that releasing the calls could jeopardize the ongoing probe, subject witnesses to harassment from conspiracy theorists who have suggested the shooting never took place, and expose callers who should be protected as witnesses to a crime that amounted to child abuse.

Also see: Conn. bill would keep some Newtown records private and Newtown parents push state to protect shooting records