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New Haven could face fines over FOI order to release crime-scene video

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The Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission may fine New Haven city officials for not complying with an order to give the…

The Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission may fine New Haven city officials for not complying with an order to give the New Haven Register a tape of a shooting in which a local teenager was killed.

The five-member FOIC unanimously voted to compel release of the tape and to hold a hearing to determine if the city’s refusal to comply with the order warrants financial penalties – which could range from from $20 to $1,000. A city spokeswoman told the Register that the city does not have the tape; the state’s attorney’s office does, but refused to release it because it is not required to do so under FOI laws. The city can’t hand out a tape it doesn’t have, the spokeswoman said.