State sued over list of officers with credibility issues

October 6, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire media organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing the state for access to a list of police officers with credibility problems.

The state Department of Justice is required to maintain a list compiled by police chiefs who’ve determined that an officer’s credibility has been harmed by committing a crime, lying or other inappropriate actions. News outlets requesting the list are given a redacted version that shows 171 officers but not their names.

The attorney general’s office has said releasing the names is an invasion of privacy. The lawsuit’s plaintiffs argue the public has a right to the information.

The media organizations participating in the lawsuit include the Nashua Telegraph, the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Concord Monitor, the Portsmouth Herald, the Keene Sentinel and InDepthNH.org.

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