No Springfield police internal affairs files are being shredded now, or for the foreseeable future, while an investigation of the handling of those files continues. That assurance comes from interim police chief Kenny Winslow.
The department is under scrutiny after the timeline for file destruction was speeded up this year, leading to the shredding of more than two-dozen files that had been sought by a local reporter.
Meanwhile, Mayor Mike Houston refuses to discuss why the department continues to retain more than two dozen IA files, some of which date back more than a decade and which involve former cops who were involved in high-profile litigation against the city.
Houston says he can’t talk about it because of the ongoing investigation.