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Oakley reveals names tied to reserve police force

The village of Oakley has given an attorney 145 names of people identified as applying to be village police reservists.

The village in southern Saginaw County, with a population of 290, has fought a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for nearly two years to keep the names of its reservists and donors to the police department secret. Two additional FOIA lawsuits were filed in recent months.

Oakley sent a document containing 110 pages of applications for the Oakley Police Department's reserve officer/critical incident response team to Hemlock attorney Philip Ellison on Feb. 26 in response to citizens Shannon and Brandi Bitterman's Freedom of Information Act requests. It is not known if all of the applicants were approved as reserve officers. Continue>>>
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