If the police shoot a man, saying that he was shooting at them, but the autopsy shows the man had no gunshot residue on his hands and that he was shot in the back, don’t you think the public has a right to know about it?
If it had happened in your community, to someone you know, or within the police or sheriff’s department on which you depend, wouldn’t you want to know? Wouldn’t you want to demand further investigation? Isn’t this information crucial to making sure our government and police are acting properly?
The S.C. Supreme Court doesn’t think so. It ruled last week that autopsy reports, even when they are prepared at taxpayer expense, are medical records and can be kept private. This misguided ruling is a blow against open government, accountability and an informed public. Continue>>>