Rhode Island says Pawtucket violated public record law

November 14, 2019

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island attorney general’s office says Pawtucket violated the state’s public record slaw by refusing to release police officers’ hometowns to a member of a nonpartisan group promoting transparency.

Special Assistant Attorney General Sean Lyness gave Pawtucket’s city attorney Frank Milos ten days to comply with the state’s Access to Public Records Act on Oct. 28.

Milos says the city has been receiving opposition to the directive from members of the police department and asked Attorney General Peter Neronha to reconsider his office’s decision.

Police union lawyer Joseph Penza Jr. argues that divulging the officer’s hometowns violates their right to privacy and “would endanger their physical safety.”

The Providence Journal reports that the state attorney general’s office is evaluating a request from Milos for an additional 20 days to comply.