Support bill to restore public right to arrest details

Until last summer, police in Connecticut had to provide information about arrests or prove why that information should not be public. But a state Supreme Court ruling in July turned that bedrock principle upside down.

The court basically gave police full power to withhold much detail about arrests until the case is closed, which could take years. The remedy, the court wrote, is legislative and up to the General Assembly.

The assembly's Joint Government Administration and Elections Committee smartly proposed a bill that would restore disclosure under criteria in the state's Freedom of Information Act. Continue>>>