Professor says court's decision gives police control over arrest coverage

Rich Hanley

The Connecticut Supreme Court concluded Monday there is no legal requirement for police agencies in the state to disclose to the public anything but basic arrest information while prosecutions are pending. 

Rich Hanley, associate professor and director of the graduate journalism program in the School of Communications, is available for comment.

"The court erred, not on the side of caution, but on law enforcement's impulse to operate without public oversight in this unfortunate decision," said Hanley. "It gives law enforcement control over arrest coverage in that it permits police to determine the content of stories through an arbitrary distribution of materials. It's a short step to permitting law enforcement to control content outside the immediate legal instruments of an arrest." 

To schedule an interview with Hanley, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449.

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