There’s a new court battle looming over Springfield police internal affairs files.
In a story first reported by 970 WMAY, the union representing city cops is suing to block any release of the 26 IA files that are still being held by the city, despite the fact that they date back well beyond the four-year time limit after which such files are scheduled to be destroyed.
A court hearing will be held today on the union complaint… which says releasing those documents would do “irreparable harm” to the individuals involved.
The complaint also alleges that in addition to the 26 files disclosed in an affidavit from the head of internal affairs, SPD is also still hanging on to a massive report outlining a 2005 state police investigation into the conduct of two detectives, Paul Carpenter and Jim Graham.
The complaint seeks the destruction of that report and the other 26 files.