Special to the Register Citizen
Monday, Oct. 10, 2011
Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of columns examining how the public records laws work – or don’t work – in New Orleans, LA. Louisiana does not have a state Freedom of Information Commission or regulatory agency to adjudicate public records disputes. Rather, citizens must file their complaints in local courts. The previous columns were published on Aug. 17 and 24.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Thirty seven years ago – with several police officers crowding her – Grace Caporino briefly touched and read a number of pages in a 3-inch-high stack of reports about her missing husband. After a few minutes, they forced her to leave.
Today, the New Orleans Police Department still doesn’t want to know or hear anything about the Gabe Caporino case – or the reports. That’s why I filed a lawsuit Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 in the Parish of New Orleans. My attorney, Brett Prendergast, also filed a related motion to obtain all investigative files on behalf of Gabe Caporino’s family.
Suit Notes That NOPD Copying Fee
Violates State Law;
How Many Others Are Being Gouged Illegally?
Also In Complaint:
Petitioner Accosted By 3 NOPD Officers
Who Conducted Illegal Search / Seized Notes;
While Other Civilians Chatted With Police Boss Serpas
At Public Meeting, NOPD Physically Blocked Petitioner
Officer Darnell Saunders,
Personal Aide To Superintendent Ronal Serpas,
Accepted This Public Records Notice On 8-17-11
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The first posting links to both the FBI file and the Aug. 17, 2011 public records request.