Public Access Battles

KRQE sues City of Alb. and Alb. Policy Dept. for violating the NM Inspection of Public Records Act

KRQE has sued the City of Albuquerque and the police department for serial violations of the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act. The suit alleges 14 violations of the act by the city between the fall of 2013 and fall of 2014.  The KRQE webstes says in some cases the city failed to respond at all to requests. In other cases the city failed to respond within 15 days. The website says the city has also cited receptions to the Inspection of Public Records Act that did not apply.

Albuquerque Free Press seeks police inventory

Albuquerque Free Press is engaged in a nearly year-long battle, seeking records about the inventory of the Albuquerque Police Department’s inventory of military style weapons and equipment. On Jan. 21,2014 the publication requested the inventory, but the request was denied by APD on the grounds that it might aid terrorists and reveal response plan to terrorist attack, The newspaper is now engaged in a legal battle with APD, and continues to seek the information. Other police departments, including the New Mexico State Police have complied with the request, according to the Alb. Free Press website.

The Free Press reports that the City of Albuquerque has paid $48,000 in legal settlements over APD’s denial of records or the public and news media between Oct. 1, 2013 and June 1, 2014.

 

Albuquerque Press Women stand as defenders of the First Amendment. We are members of National Federation of Press Women’s First Amendment Network and are beginning to more closely monitor how local, state and federal government entities work with the press and public in making the information they use to make decisions available to the general public.  The purpose of this blog is to document some of the public access battles in progress in New Mexico and to encourage the agencies involved to become more responsive to the public’s need to know about how government works.

 

 

 

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