Middletown, Cannes. (AP) – The Federal Court of Appeals has upheld part of the Connecticut Police Reporting Act of 2020, which allows public disclosure of state documents and internal investigations.
The Second U.S. District Court of Appeals in New York on Thursday rejected the withdrawal of the Connecticut Police Union, which claimed the law violates soldiers ’contracts for 2018-2022 by depriving it of exceptions to state freedom of information laws.
The section of the contract in question states that the personal files and documents of servicemen in internal investigations that have ended without detection of offenses are not subject to disclosure.
The three-judge panel of the appellate court upheld the lower court’s decision against the union.
“As we conclude that the law the union sought to prescribe was reasonable and necessary to achieve legitimate public goals, we do not find errors in the legal or factual findings of the district court,” the board wrote.
A post asking for comment was left by the state police union on Friday. It was not immediately clear whether the union planned to refer the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Proponents of the 2020 law said it had responded to calls for reform following the killings by police of George Floyd and other black people. He also set up a new state inspector to investigate cases of police use of force across the state, limited the circumstances in which the deadly use of force could be justified, and allowed lawsuits to be filed in state courts against officers in some cases.