“If Massachusetts agencies could skirt the public records law by characterizing the receipt of documents as a loan, that would have been [an] invitation to a substantial amount of mischief.”
Now records we have received from Healey’s shed light on why her office may be avoiding the issue—her office is also guilty of the same kind of questionable social media management.
While there have indeed been formal requests made for public information and several articles written about CPD misconduct, it is news to us that we are on the “attack.”
The Western Mass police department that has hosted more than two-dozen events at Chick-fil-A
As shameless as it sometimes feels to celebrate awards, it’s also true that journalists are underpaid, underappreciated, and in some cases even relentlessly harassed because of their work.
“Like the time we knocked out two English papers, a science experiment, and built the White House out of sugar cubes,” Evan said. “It opened up our Sunday for filing Freedom of Information requests.”
That’s what’s happening with all three agencies in this case, with each one putting their own unique spin on how to circumvent the rules.
What’s less known is that here in Massachusetts, our feeble public records law is helping to bolster these efforts by obscuring the process through which local officials share information with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
A reporter’s fight to learn more about harassment in a small town’s police department
A rare win on the public records front in Mass