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RELEASE SECRET LIST OF BAD NH COPS TO RESTORE PUBLIC TRUST: We have Right-to-Know
We, the undersigned, are New Hampshire residents. We strongly oppose the NH Attorney General’s attempts to keep the Laurie List/Exculpatory Evidence Schedule ("EES") secret from the public. The EES is a list of New Hampshire law enforcement officers with sustained findings of misconduct for credibility or trustworthiness, like lying, falsifying reports, stealing, and excessive force. In a court order dated April 23, 2019, Judge Charles Temple ruled the EES is “not confidential,” and “is not exempt from disclosure under RSA 91-A,” and that it should be made public". Despite this, the NH Attorney General has now filed an appeal, at taxpayer expense, to continue to keep this list of bad cops secret from the public. “When you keep information like this secret, it creates distrust and suspicion,” says Gilles Bissonnette with the ACLU of New Hampshire. “It’s bad for the public, it’s bad for police. It is really critical that we don’t undermine faith and confidence in law enforcement, but that’s what secrecy does.” “These officers have engaged in sustained misconduct that concerns credibility and truthfulness, and the public has a clear right to this information—especially when it goes to the core of an officer’s ability to perform their duties.” We respectfully urge Governor Sununu to instruct his Attorney General to immediately: 1. Withdraw the EES appeal;2. Release the entire unredacted EES; and3. Permanently keep the EES public, as required by the NH Constitution: “Art. 8. Accountability of Magistrates and Officers; Public’s Right to Know. All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and AT ALL TIMES ACCOUNTABLE TO THEM. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.”[The photo above is one of 13 pages the Attorney General sent in response to a 91-A request for the EES dated 5/6/19. All 13 pages were redacted, rendering the information "provided" useless.]