FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A judge has ruled that an Arkansas State Police public information officer committed five civil violations of the Freedom of Information Act last year when he relied on a "blanket policy" and failed to give valid reasons for not releasing dashcam videos.
Circuit Judge Stephen Tabor ordered the state police to release the videos Monday in five cases being overseen by attorney W. Whitfield Hyman.
Hyman sued Bill Sadler for rejecting his Freedom of Information Act requests on the grounds they were exempt as part of an ongoing investigation.
In a hearing last month, Sadler said state police policy was that a criminal investigation was ongoing until it was determined in court or a prosecutor dropped the charges.
Tabor found that "each case should be reviewed on an individual basis to determine if a particular investigation remains open."