The New York Times sued the New York Police Department, saying the department had routinely violated a state law that requires government agencies to provide information to the press and the public. The newspaper listed four requests it made for information that it said the police had delayed or denied. The Times said the police had avoided providing material that the State Freedom of Information Law said must be released. David McCraw, Times assistant general counsel, said, “Information that was once released is now withheld. Disclosures that could be made quickly are put on hold for months.”
Police spokesman Paul Browne said the department still is processing the Times requests and litigation is premature. The four Times requests were for the addresses of New York City residents who had been granted gun permits, for the Police Department's database on hate crimes, for its database on crime incident reports, and for the tracking log on Freedom of Information requests.