Saturday, June 27, 2020

Columbia Borough Council goes behind closed doors to discuss police use-of-force policy

Use-of-force policies as public records: 
Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel at Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, noted use-of-force policies are public records under the Right-to-Know Law, and the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records has ordered agencies to provide public access to them when materials that truly risk safety are redacted.

Mayor not in attendance: 
At the end of the public meeting, Mayor Leo Lutz declined to attend the executive session. In an email exchange after the meeting, Lutz said he and police Chief Jack Brommer had no advance notice of the executive session, and that it would have been a waste of their time to join a discussion "without the necessary information to answer any questions that may arise."


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