More than two dozen old Springfield police internal affairs files will be preserved for now… pending a judge’s ruling on a request to have them destroyed.
The union representing city cops wants to have those records destroyed, saying their release would cause irreparable harm to current and former officers named in the files. But attorney Don Craven, representing media outlets, says the files are public records and there is a public right to see them.
Judge John Schmidt says there are conflicts between the police union contract and state open records laws… but says his ruling next week will clear up those conflicts. The next hearing in the case is set for next Friday.