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SWAT teams claim they’re not subject to Open Government laws

June 30, 2014

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/06/26/massachusetts-swat-teams-claim-theyre-private-corporations-immune-from-open-records-laws/

Fascinating article from the state of Massachusetts and their dismal open government laws.  Here’s a brief snippet, though the article is well worth the read.

As it turns out, a number of SWAT teams in the Bay State are operated by what are called law enforcement councils, or LECs. These LECs are funded by several police agencies in a given geographic area and overseen by an executive board, which is usually made up of police chiefs from member police departments.

Given the staggering level of unconstitutional searches and the use of force during the Boston Bomber incident, I can’t really say that this surprises me.  These people have the kind of policing that they deserve.

I tend to suspect that Texas’ laws are better, but how that works out in the real world is a fairly convoluted reality.

The City of Watauga participates in at least two of these multiple jurisdiction type entities, one for fire and emergency preparedness and another for SWAT.  I’ve sent a Public Information Request in to find out if those entities are subject to Open Records and/or Open Meetings.  I’m quite interested to find out.

 

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