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Judge Rules Against Release of Internal Police Reports

The case's plaintiff says the judge's ruling was a win for government and a loss for the people

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    Judge Rules Against Release of Internal Police Reports
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    MIAMI - FEBRUARY 02: A judges gavel rests on top of a desk in the courtroom of the newly opened Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum February 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The museum is located in the only known structure in the nation that was designed, devoted to and operated as a separate station house and municipal court for African-Americans. In September 1944, the first black patrolmen were sworn in as emergency policemen to enforce the law in what was then called the "Central Negro District." The precinct building opened in May 1950 to provide a station house for the black policemen and a courtroom for black judges in which to adjudicate black defendants. The building operated from 1950 until its closing in 1963. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    A judge has ruled against a Rhode Island man's attempt to get immediate access to police internal affairs reports.

    The Providence Journal reports the judge said in her ruling Monday that she would likely need to impose a "balancing test," measuring the public's interest in the reports against potential privacy concerns of the officers involved.

    Dimitri Lyssikatos, who had sought a summary judgment in his lawsuit against the Pawtucket Police Department, says the judge's ruling was a win for government and a loss for the people.

    A lawyer representing the Pawtucket Fraternal Order of Police declined to comment after the hearing.

    But the attorney previously said some of the records were internal complaints, such as an officer needing a haircut or wearing the wrong uniform.