Judge denies bid to block parts of police accountability law

Judge denies bid to block parts of police accountability law

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A federal judge has rejected a bid by the state troopers’ union to block parts of a new police accountability law that allows public disclosure of personnel files and internal affairs investigations.

Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Haight Jr. in New Haven denied the union’s request for an injunction in a ruling issued Tuesday.

The law approved by Gov. Ned Lamont and legislators earlier this year strips away exemptions to state Freedom of Information laws in the state police contract. The 2018-2022 contract says troopers’ personnel files and documents in internal affairs investigations that end with no finding of wrongdoing are not subject to disclosure.

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Haight said the Connecticut State Police Union was unlikely to succeed in proving its claim that the new disclosure requirements are unconstitutional because they conflict with the contract.

A message seeking comment was left for the union Wednesday.

Proponents of the law said it answers the calls for reform after

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