This week’s FOIA round-up: Lack of transparency in the Trump administration, Washington’s big open gov win, and animal extinction in Florida
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In this week’s FOIA round-up, we take a look at experiments with transparency in Florida, Oregon, and Wisconsin that have recently hit road bumps.
Records show FBI provided assistance to local law enforcement at least twice in 2016 to monitor Black Lives Matter protests
In July of 2016, following a series of high-profile police shootings, Black Lives Matter protests erupted in cities all over the country. Some local police departments, ostensibly fearing for the safety of both protestors and officers, reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for help in monitoring upcoming demonstrations. According to documents recently obtained by MuckRock, the FBI provided assistance in the form of social media surveillance and on the ground threat monitoring.
This week, a Florida circuit court judge ruled the controversial Orchids Day Spa video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft cannot be released ahead of the trials for Kraft and the 24 other men charged with soliciting prostitution at the massage parlor.
Prosecutors on the Robert Kraft case say controversial video “will be released” per Florida records law
Controversial video footage of 77-year-old New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft engaging in sexual acts at a Florida day spa will be released, according to recent reports. However, lawyer’s defending Kraft have filed an emergency motion today to prevent footage from reaching the public.
Don Stone sent this request to the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys of the United States of America