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Police union asks judge to toss parts of police reform law

Added 08-12-20 02:22:01pm EST - “The Connecticut State Police Union is asking a federal judge to declare parts of the state's new police accountability law unconstitutional, saying sections pertaining to the public disclosure of troopers' personnel files and internal…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Police union asks judge to toss parts of police reform law”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut State Police Union is asking a federal judge to declare parts of the state’s new police accountability law unconstitutional, saying sections pertaining to the public disclosure of troopers’ personnel files and internal affairs investigations violate their contract.

The union announced the move Wednesday, saying it had filed for an injunction in U.S. District Court that would force state officials to comply with the contract.

Also Wednesday, more than 850 State Police Union members began voting on whether to express no confidence in Gov. Ned Lamont, state public safety Commissioner James Rovella and state police Lt. Col. J. Scott Eckersley for failing to speak out on behalf of troopers against portions of the reform law.

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The law, signed by Lamont on July 31 after legislative approval, would strip away exemptions to state Freedom of Information laws in the state police contract. The 2018-2022 contract says troopers’ personnel files and documents in internal affairs investigations that end in findings of exoneration, unfounded or not sustained are not subject to those record disclosure laws.

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