The Dallas Morning News asked the Texas attorney general's office to investigate the Dallas Police Department for possible violations of state open-records laws. The complaint stems from a Dallas police policy that gives employees discretion to destroy email permanently. The policy has come under fire from open-government advocates.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has previously said Dallas is a “repeat offender” in limiting access. Media organizations routinely ask for email under the Public Information Act, which gives the public access to such documents. In response to a request earlier this year, Dallas police said certain messages did not exist on the day a firefighter was arrested. The Morning News asked for email sent or received by several police officials on March 15, the day then-Dallas firefighter Jesus Ventura was arrested and accused of shooting a gun at a fire station a week earlier.