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August 27, 2014, 10:06 pm
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Mayor Asks for Investigation Into Leaked IA Documents


Springfield's Mayor has asked for another investigation into the ongoing file shredding scandal at the city's police department.

 

This time, Mayor Mike Houston wants the Illinois State Police to investigate the leaking of Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher's file to the media. The mayor confirms he drafted a letter to the Illinois State Police to prompt an investigation into the leaking of the file.

 

Houston previously requested an investigation into the improper shredding of that and other files, an investigation that is ongoing.

 

The Mayor says he thought internal affairs documents were safe under lock and key, but with the documents being leaked to the media, Houston called for the investigation.

 

He would not elaborate if there were other documents that could be leaked or as to how many people would have access to those documents.

 

Houston also wouldn't talk about the legality of someone legally getting the documents and sharing them with a third party.

 

Documents pertaining to a 2008 incident involving Police Chief Cliff Buscher were leaked to an area TV station.

 

After several media reports, the city's police chief retired and the corporation counsel resigned.

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