FBI, Florida Law Enforcement Defying Open Records Laws, Blocking Access to Orlando Shooter’s Records:
Government agencies are refusing to release basic public records about Omar Mateen and the deadly Orlando shootings….
The Tampa Bay Times, for instance, asked the Department of Agriculture for information about Mateen’s security guard license, which he obtained almost a decade ago. A spokeswoman at the agriculture department says the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement must authorize the information’s release.
The Times also reached out to the Fort Pierce Police Department asking for all cases in which Mateen, his relatives and others were named as a suspect, victim or witness. In response to this routine request, the agency refused and said the documents are part of an active criminal investigation.
Two dozen media outlets have asked the Orlando Police Department for 911 calls and radio communications. The city will not release these communications.
An attorney for those outlets sent a letter to the city on Tuesday, explaining that the records should not be exempt from disclosure….
Florida has broad public records laws that normally allow for the release of these and other records.
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