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Newtown Told to Release Tapes of School 911 Calls

By Ross Brenneman — October 01, 2013 1 min read
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After an appeal by the Associated Press, a Connecticut commission ruled last week that the Newtown police department must release the tapes of 911 calls made during last December’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The police department has avoided turning the audio over, and the state legislature passed a law earlier this year creating exemptions to freedom-of-information requests, but those exceptions don’t apply to 911 tapes.

In a meeting of the Freedom of Information Commission, the board ruled unanimously against the state. Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III said he plans to appeal the panel’s ruling.

The Newtown recordings remain concealed pending the outcome of the state’s appeal.

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A version of this article appeared in the October 02, 2013 edition of Education Week as Newtown Told to Release Tapes of School 911 Calls

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