A Detroit judge says that parts of an internal police report about an officer who has killed three people and wounded six others while on duty must be released under freedom of information laws, the Detroit News reports.
The information includes a description of the evidence that ex-Deputy Police Chief Walter Shoulders examined in the case of Officer Eugene Brown, as well as the names and statements of witnesses to the shootings.
Civil rights activists said the ruling will yield important information about Brown, whose record has been cited as a sign of the Detroit’s failure to discipline officers who kill civilians.
Shoulders’ report in the case called for a reform of departmental policy and looked at ways to reduce the use of lethal force by officers. Brown never was disciplined and was cleared by prosecutors. In 2000, The Detroit News found that police investigations of officers who kill or injure were often inadequate and geared toward clearing them.
The police have refused to release any of the 48-page report even to members of the City Council, which subpoenaed Chief Jerry A. Oliver Sr. to produce it.