PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Supreme Court has ordered the city of Eugene to publicly release documents from a police investigation into the conduct of officers who used a stun gun during the arrest of a protester in 2008.
The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/2cuwiAi) the state high court ruled Thursday that there needs to be increased transparency within the police department.
Then-18-year-old Ian Van Ornum had accused police of using excessive force after his arrest.
But an internal investigation found that officers acted in line with department policies.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued to see the investigation records. But the city kept them secret for years, citing a state law regarding police investigations.
The Supreme Court’s ruling will let the city make limited redactions to the documents it must release to the ACLU.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com