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PR 17-09 Thomson v. Town of Johnston - Violation

Complainant alleged that the Town violated the APRA when it produced only the face sheet and not the narratives of the requested internal affairs reports. Based on our prior finding in WPRI v. Woonsocket Police Department, PR 12-17, we found that the request for "the last 10 Internal Affairs reports" should be interpreted to include both the face sheet and their accompanying narratives. Accordingly, we found that the Town violated the APRA when it did not consider the narratives to be responsive to the APRA request. However, because it was unclear if the Complainant still sought the internal affairs reports, and because the content of the internal affairs reports was not the subject of our review, we left the subsequent determination of whether and in what manner the responsive narrative reports must be disclosed to be made by the Town consistent with the APRA and our finding in Piskunov v. Town of Narragansett, PR 17-05.

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