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Letter to Texas Attorney General on Disclosure of Use of Force Policies

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  1. Freedom of Information
In response to a request under the Texas Public Information Act for use-of-force policies, the City of Victoria, Texas, asked…

In response to a request under the Texas Public Information Act for use-of-force policies, the City of Victoria, Texas, asked the Attorney General whether it must disclose the records or whether they are exempt because they would interfere with law enforcement activities. The City’s reasoning is not only insufficient to warrant withholding the requested records, but also relies on the incorrect assertion that their release would impede law enforcement activity. The citizens of Texas have a paramount interest in information concerning the use of force, including deadly force, by law enforcement officers.