More than two dozen Springfield police internal affairs files will remain locked up for at least a few more days, while a Sangamon County judge decides whether the files should be disclosed or destroyed.
The files, some of which date back more than a decade, have been held far past the point at which they would have routinely been shredded under the police union contract. Their existence was revealed through information provided in a separate lawsuit over access to IA files.
Now the police union wants those records destroyed, while media outlets say that since the records exist, they are public information and should be released. Judge John Schmidt heard arguments in the case Friday morning, and says he will make his final ruling in about a week.