Title

"City" piece on the Portland police log, which hasn't been available for more th

Authors

Lael Morgan

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

7-1-1999

Pages

9

Abstract

"City" piece on the Portland police log, which hasn't been available for more than eight months, even though by law the information is public. Portland police officials blame the problem on a new computer system, claiming they haven't yet figured out how to print daily activity sheets for distribution to the public and press. Deputy Chief Timothy Burton said that situation is not likely to change before late summer because it has "low priority." According to Irwin Gratz, president of the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, at least one reporter has been turned away by police after seeking information from the log. Local reporters are concerned about the situation, but are reluctant to complain for fear of alienating their contacts in the police department.

Subjects

Police -- Portland, Reporters and reporting, Right to Know Law

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