How to hold law enforcement accountable through public records

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Police misconduct records are closed in 31 states and the District of Columbia, leaving a cloud of secrecy around law enforcement coverage, according to reporting funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

“Access to information about how your government works, and your ability to synthesize that information and present it to the general public so they understand how their government works, is foundational to the success of our system of governance,” Maryland State Sen. Will Smith said during a National Press Club Journalism Institute panel on police accountability.

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