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PR 17-35 Paiva v. Town of Cumberland No Violation

The Complainant alleged the Town of Cumberland ("Town") violated the APRA when it improperly redacted and denied his APRA request seeking records concerning the death of a third party. In In re: Cumberland Police Department, ADV PR 03-02, this Department concluded that "when a law enforcement agency investigates a complaint and determines that an arrest is not warranted, there exists a strong presumption that records arising out of that investigation fail to meet the threshold requirement established by R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-2(4)(i)(D)(c)." Whatever public interest exists in disclosure and based on these facts and our review of the documents we doubt it is much the privacy interest outweighs the public interest. We found no violation.

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