Colorado House endorses disclosure of police internal affairs records

"Following an hour-long floor debate Monday, the Colorado House gave preliminary approval to legislation that would open records on completed police internal affairs investigations."

“Hiding the files is not the answer,” said Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, talking about the problem of “bad” law enforcement officers. “Families, communities deserve to see this information, deserve to have this information when requested and when appropriate.”

"Stressing that the current statutory system for disclosure “is not working,” Rep. Mike Weissman read from a 2018 University of Denver law school study which found that many police departments and sheriff’s offices in Colorado routinely reject records requests for internal affairs files, often without conducting a balancing test of interests set forth by the Colorado Supreme Court."

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