Tennessee not alone in sealing state police investigation records

Submitted by LDieringer on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 11:30am

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investigation files confidential years after defendants go to prison, after leads dry up or a case otherwise is no longer active.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...