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September 19, 2014, 4:55 pm
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Police Sue City For Not Destroying IA Files, Including 2005 Graham/Carpenter Case


Members of the Springfield Police Union are suing the city over 27 internal affairs files that haven't been destroyed, and are motioning to keep the city from ever releasing them.

 

In a filing provided to 970 WMAY News, lawyers for the police union say releasing the files through Freedom of Information would do irreparable harm.

 

Filings from a different lawsuit against the city from Calvin Christian revealed there were 26 files that haven't been destroyed.  Christian requested those files beforehand.

 

One key thing the union says is still whole in their filing against the city is: an Illinois State Police Investigation involving Paul Carpenter and Jim Graham from 2005.  That was not mentioned to be in the vault of other IA files, according to the head of IA in an affidavit to the courts.

 

The union says the city is in violation of the contract that states files should be expunged after 4 years, a duration that was changed without the mayor's signature or city council awareness.

 

26 files were destroyed earlier this year after requests for the files were made through the Freedom of Information Act. The city has already settled on one count of improperly destroying Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher's file as one of the 26 expunged documents.

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