Colorado Opens Police Internal Affairs Files to the Public – Can Two States Spawn a National Trend?

May 1, 2019

Reprinted with permission from MLRC MediaLawLetter, April 2019

On April 19, Colorado's Governor Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 19-1119, making Colorado the second state in as many years to open to the public completed internal affairs investigation (IA) files of police and sheriff's offices. The new law, which took effect upon the Governor's signature, declares that a subset of completed IA files are now "records of official action" which, under Colorado's Criminal Justice Records Act, are mandatory disclosure records (no longer subject to discretionary withholding). Read More.

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