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PR 15-17 Farinelli v. City of Pawtucket - Violation Found

Complainants sought access to a Pawtucket Police Department internal affairs report. The City denied the request on the grounds that disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. After reviewing the internal affairs report in camera, using case law for guidance, and based on the unique facts and evidence presented, we concluded that disclosure of the internal affairs report in a redacted manner would not constitute a "clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy." R.I. Gen. Laws ยง 38-2-2(4)(A)(I)(b). Accordingly, we found that the City of Pawtucket violated the APRA when it denied Complainants access to the internal affairs report in its entirety.

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