Citing Need for Greater Transparency, The Rutherford Institute Warns Virginia General Assembly Against Creating Secret Police Force

Posted: February 25, 2016 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

John W. Whitehead, Constitutional Attorney

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RICHMOND, Va. —Sounding a warning over proposed legislation that would bar the public from learning the identity of persons employed as law enforcement officers, The Rutherford Institute is cautioning the Virginia General Assembly against taking an unprecedented and unjustified step toward the creation of unaccountable secret police forces. The proposed legislation, Senate Bill No. 552, would classify the names of all police officers as “personnel records,” and exempt them from mandatory disclosure under Virginia’s freedom of information law.

“American citizens have a right to know when government agencies and government officials have engaged in wrongdoing,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author ofBattlefield America: The War on the American People. “Whether those individuals occupy a public office or are employed by a law enforcement agency is immaterial. If a government employee has been charged with misconduct, it is the right of…

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