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Names disappear from Wisconsin's police reports

Liability concerns prompt changes

6:57 AM, May 19, 2013
Names disappearing from police reports
Names disappearing from police reports: Liability concerns are prompting police departments around the state to redact names and other information from many reports. Produced by Eric Litke of the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team. (May 16, 2013)
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Police work that has traditionally been conducted in public view is increasingly being shielded, as insurance companies and municipal attorneys throughout Wisconsin push departments to withhold names from reports due to liability concerns.

A long-ignored federal privacy law is driving the redactions, interpreted by some municipal leaders to overrule a state public records law that says the full reports should be released.

With a growing number of departments redacting crash reports - and, in some cases, all incident reports - drivers injured in crashes may have no right to the ...

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