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FOI Complaint v State Police Updated 12-12-13

FOI Complaint v State Police Updated 12-12-13

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59 Field St., PO Box 58 Torrington, CT 06760 http://www.registercitizen.com/ 
Isaac Avilucea,
Reporter 
 860-489-3121, ext., iavilucea@registercitizen.com 
Andy Thibault, Contributing Editor /
Investigative Projects 
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 Century Media Connecticut Group 860-690-0211, tntcomm82@cs.com  Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 State Freedom of Information Commission 18-20 Trinity St. Hartford, CT 06103 Dear Ms. Or Sir: This is a formal complaint for denial of public records requested on Nov. 22
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 verbally and then in writing
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 from state police officials at the Canaan barracks Troop B and Lt. Paul Vance at headquarters. There are strong indications this information was suppressed to cover up a police-involved shooting. We request the maximum $1,000 fine and mandatory workshop training in FOI compliance for the offenders, as well as any other sanctions that could apply for this egregious violation. Such a violation cannot go unpunished in any state that considers itself part of a free society. We bring to the
commission’s attention
to
Vance’s outrageous and unconscionable assertion that he is the “decider” of what is “prompt” under the provisions of Connecticut’s FOI law.
 This is not some secret formula  proprietary to Vance and state police bosses do not constitute some form of royalty to which citizens must scrape for public records. Rather, promptly means immediately, unless the respondent can demonstrate to a majority of the FOI Commission that such production would interfere with the normal course of  business. The records sought were available immediately and without any heavy lifting required by state police  personnel and Vance on the day they were requested. At least one report
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 written by Trooper Lance Carlson
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 was filed the night of the incident. Elements of this report could and should have been produced in a matter of seconds, if not minutes. Indeed, Vance and various public servants have already spent much more time denying prompt  production than it would have taken to produce the public records. Consequently, we also ask that state auditors review the illegal methodology employed on daily basis by st
ate police to deny the public’s right

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