Court: police can limit release of arrest data

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that police statewide only have to release basic information about arrests to the public while prosecutions are pending, striking a blow to the media.

The high court issued a 7-0 decision Monday saying current state law limits disclosure of arrests to information including the name of the person arrested and the charges. Justices said an arrest report, news release or similar information also must be disclosed.

LINK: Read the court’s decision (.pdf)

The case stemmed from a New Haven Register records request rejected by state police in 2008.

The Associated Press and other media organizations filed a brief arguing that a ruling in favor of police would allow authorities to selectively withhold information and avoid scrutiny after arrests.

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