Attorney General’s office denies giving OK to shred Springfield police files

Illinois State Police on Tuesday released hundreds of pages of documents and hours' worth of audio recordings from its lengthy investigation into the Springfield Police Department’s 2013 file-shredding scandal, revealing apparent contradictions among city personnel about how and why things happened the way they did.

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State police release prelimary details of shredding scandal investigation

Illinois State Police investigators interviewed 20 witnesses and reviewed thousands of documents as part of their investigation into the Springfield Police Department's destruction of internal affairs records, newly released documents show.

A seven-page memorandum outlining a timeline of key dates and excerpts of the state police investigation was released to The State Journal-Register on Friday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Freedom of information and police don’t always mix

It isn't uncommon for conflicts to arise between the news media and law enforcement agencies over the release of information.

Police are protective of their investigations and worry about showing too much of their hand. News reporters are hard-core advocates of the public's right to know and question anything that stands in the way of gathering information freely. As standoffish as the two groups can sometimes be, there's also a reliance on each other. There are times one can benefit from the other.

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