Having police body-worn cameras is one thing; releasing footage another, Wisconsin station says

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, police began using body-worn cameras in 2015, but the public’s access to footage is limited in the state, according to WTMJ-TV. “We’re at the second phase of the battle,” said Attorney B’Ivory LaMarr, who represents the family of Joel Acevedo, who died after an off-duty police officer allegedly held him in a chokehold….


WI: school board wants right to charge people tens of thousands for public records

IOLA – Iola-Scandinavia school leaders want state lawmakers to allow government agencies to charge people more for access to public records, including for lawyers to decide what information to keep hidden. School board members unanimously approved a resolution in March that said the district spent roughly $27,000 on legal and administrative fees for processing records…


Wisconsin Public Records Board head: We didn’t change transitory records definition

The head of the state's Public Records Board said it did not change the meaning of a "transitory" record at its August meeting.

Matt Blessing, an archivist with the Wisconsin Historical Society and chairman of the Public Records Board, said the board did not change its policy at the meeting, but rather expanded the description of what constitutes a "transitory" record including more specific examples to guide staff in training and orientation.


Editorial: 3 bills in the legislature threaten Wisconsin values

Our duly elected representatives in the state legislature are busily selling off both Wisconsin’s land and its reputation for honest and open government. Meanwhile, we are watching football and hunting ducks and texting our friends; we won’t notice until it is too late that some of the things we value most about Wisconsin are gone forever. Continue…


Wisconsin state appeals court says Attorney General Schimel must release training videos

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel must make public a pair of law enforcement training videos he made before being elected and that Democrats say show him making inappropriate comments, a state appeals court has ruled.

There is no compelling reason to keep secret the videos, made in 2009 and 2013 when Schimel was Waukesha County district attorney, the unanimous three-judge panel on the 2nd District Court of Appeals said. Continue…