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ACLU Sues to Obtain Mike Brown Shooting Report

August 14, 2014  | 

Mike Brown's high school graduation photo. (Photo: Social Media) 
Mike Brown's high school graduation photo. (Photo: Social Media) 

The American Civil Liberties Union sued St. Louis County and the county police Thursday morning to obtain copies of initial police reports surrounding the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Mike Brown by Ferguson police.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit in St. Louis County Circuit Court after their open records request for the initial incident report of the shooting was rejected by police Wednesday, the suit says.

A short time after the police responded by fax, a police employee did email a “CAD Calls list,” which contained one line of information: that complaint number 43984 was received on Aug. 9 at 12:07 p.m., that the nature of the call was “SHOOT” and the identifying information on the St. Louis County police car that responded, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The ACLU lawsuit says that the incident report is an open record under Missouri law, and that the police department's refusal is either a knowing or purposeful violation of the law.

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