This week’s round-up: Lead poisoning on military bases, looking at Chicago police’s use of force data, and a decade-long community contamination
The FOIA round-up hits hard this week as reporters find thousands of records showing startling police use of force, lead infested army housing ignored for years and Environmental Protection Agency officials neglecting clean-up in cancer cluster communities.
This week’s round-up: Declassified doggos, pizza party PR, and the high cost of fighting transparency in Chicago
For this week’s FOIA round-up, an adorable lesson on why to always be FOIA-ing, shocking evidence that pizza and infrastructure are popular, and Chicago’s mayor finds out the hard way that doing business in secret can cost you.
This week’s round-up: Trump offers tours to golfing buddies, lawsuit reveals tax assessor taking shortcuts, a weird public records story in California gets even weirder
For this week’s FOIA round-up, public records help confirm a story about President Donald Trump bringing members of his golf club on Air Force One, a lawsuit shows tax assessor pulling property values from Zillow, and a California city takes a stand against one reporter’s dogged crusade to keep city records secret.
An Illinois Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Chicago-based Lucy Parsons Labs has led to the release of a “Best Practices and Training Guide” for the PredPol predictive policing software. The manual offers a rare look at how private companies are encouraging police to embrace algorithms as a means of seeking out crime before it happens.
Chicago Police Department can’t use blanket “investigatory techniques” exemption to deny records regarding controversial social media surveillance technology
Chicago Police Department can’t use blanket “investigatory techniques” exemption to deny records regarding controversial social media surveillance technology according to a recent appeal determination by the Illinois Assistant Attorney General.