Law Enforcement Ruling Appropriate
Why law enforcement agencies sometimes withhold information about internal investigations is a mystery to us.
One would think police and sheriff’s departments would be eager to expose the few bad apples in their midst – and assure the public they have been dealt with.
And when allegations against officers are unfounded, the public should know that, too.
West Virginia Supreme Court justices apparently agree. This week they ruled unanimously the State Police must stop keeping secret at least some information about internal investigations. A circuit judge will review disputed documents to determine which ones should be released.
Justices were correct in their ruling.
West Virginians should not have to go to court to learn how investigations of allegations against law enforcement officers are handled.