Op-Ed: Court wrong to make police mugshots private

This month, the U.S. Freedom of Information Act turned 50. But the passage of time has not slowed the pace of threads toward it and, transitively, toward the American public.

A mere 10 days after the FOIA’s semicentennial, a federal appeals court in a close ruling reversed 20-year-old precedent allowing the release of police booking photos. The Sixth Circuit court held that such photos are “embarrassing and humiliating” and thus meet the standard of privacy-protected information that the FOIA exempts. Continue…