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Appellate Court Rules Internal Investigation Records Are Public

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The internal investigation reports on a Portland, Ore. police officer who shot and killed a woman, touching off a racial protest, are public record, an appellate panel agreed. The city had refused to release the records to the Portland Oregonian. The three judges said the records “contain nothing that could cause a chilling effect of such magnitude as to outweigh the benefit to be reaped by allowing the public to determine whether a full, frank, and thorough investigation … occurred.” (6/6/05)