15 decisions on public records by the Tennessee Legislature in 2016

This year, Tennessee lawmakers punted on public records bills that could have created new access rights to see police body camera video and files of finished investigations into officer-involved shootings. Continue Reading

Commercial Appeal: Focus on police shootings draws attention to policy secrecy

Memphis investigative reporter Marc Perrusquia provided an outstanding overview in The Commercial Appeal on Sunday of the legal exemption for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that allows it to keep files of Continue Reading

TBI investigative file released in Memphis police shooting case

The Shelby County District Attorney has posted on her website TBI’s investigative files into the shooting death of 19-year-old Darrius Stewart by a Memphis police officer in what may be one of Continue Reading

Bringing in TBI to investigate deadly force by police raises transparency question

The Tennessean reports today that two of the state’s major police departments – Knoxville and Nashville – are opposed to a proposal that would hand all investigations into local police Continue Reading

TBI files can be secret even when entered as evidence, Criminal Appeals Court says

Last week, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that Tennessee Bureau of Investigation files could remain confidential even when they are entered as evidence in a court trial. The Continue Reading