Cities across the U.S. are defying FOIA laws, indefinitely delaying requests

Cities across the U.S. are defying FOIA laws, indefinitely delaying requests

Despite lacking legal authority to do so, localities and agencies around the United States are still pointing to the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for delaying responses to public records requests, sometimes indefinitely.

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Buffalo judge denies police union attempt to block police disciplinary records

Buffalo judge denies police union attempt to block police disciplinary records

Complaints against Buffalo police officers and firefighters — regardless of whether they are unsubstantiated, pending, or involved in a confidential settlement — will remain subject to public disclosure, a New York judge ruled Tuesday.

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The MuckRock/MisinfoCon Police Misinformation Tipsheet

The MuckRock/MisinfoCon Police Misinformation Tipsheet

Misinformation and disinformation originating from law enforcement sources, which has lately included Antifa raids, brick piles, poisoned milkshakes and more, has sparked considerable interest in the past few months. But journalists who cover the police say this is common — even the rule. Here’s what you need to know and how public records can help.

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FOIA Roundup: FOIA finds regulatory weaknesses, the debts owed to D.C., and more Mueller soon

FOIA Roundup: FOIA finds regulatory weaknesses, the debts owed to D.C., and more Mueller soon

In this week’s FOIA Roundup, we feature an investigation from Science on oversight of clinical trials, a questionable court decision on Twitter direct messages, and the recent decision to overturn Department of Justice exemptions throughout the Mueller report.

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Release Notes: What your newsroom needs to know about the DocumentCloud migration

Release Notes: What your newsroom needs to know about the DocumentCloud migration

We’re three-quarters through migrating newsrooms over to the upgraded DocumentCloud platform, so we wanted to take some time to walk through what we’ve learned so far and what newsrooms need to know for a smooth transition. The video of our discussion last week — including Q&A time where we answered burning questions — is below. We also upgraded MuckRock’s servers to offer a faster, more responsive experience.

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