Tennessee not alone in sealing state police investigation records

The nationwide focus on police shootings is gradually forcing state and local authorities to confront another public concern that lingered for years in the margins of news pages: police secrecy.

While the files of the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies have been subject to public disclosure for more than 40 years, a number of states allow police to keep criminal investigation files confidential years after defendants go to prison, after leads dry up or a case otherwise is no longer active.  Continue…