The Hartford Courant is reporting that the Connecticut governor’s office is working in secret with General Assembly leaders to create a bill that would withhold records related to the police investigation of the Newtown elementary school massacre. Victim photos and tape recordings of 911 calls could all become impossible to obtain for any reason.
“There is complete agreement regarding photos etc., and audio tapes, although the act may allow the disclosure of audio transcripts,” a assistant to the Chief State Attorney, Timothy J. Sugrue, told the Hartford Courant.
The bill hasn’t come out from behind closed doors as of yet. There has been no committee review nor has it gone through any routine legislative procedure.
Gubernatorial Chief of Staff Mark Ojakian said in a statement, “A lot of people, including our office, have heard the concerns expressed by the families of Newtown victims, and are exploring ways to respect the families’ right to privacy while also respecting the public’s right to information”.
The real question now is, why would such information need to be withheld?
Is there any legitimate reason for the state to hold the information from the investigation in secrecy?
Right after the shooting happened questions immediately rose about how truthful the narrative coming from the state of Connecticut and the popular media really was. The questioning even drove Connecticut police to release a statement saying only the information coming from them was accurate and any information coming from elsewhere should be ignored.
It’s hard to see this as anything but a cover-up due to its lack of sensibility.
This bill and those involved should be added to the investigative information as possible suspects in a cover-up.