The Massachusetts State Police won this year's Golden Padlock Award given by the national organization Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), "celebrating the most secretive government agency or individual in the United States." The journalist group cited the police force "for habitually going to extraordinary lengths to thwart public records requests, protect law enforcement officers and public officials who violate the law and block efforts to scrutinize how the department performs its duties." The department routinely takes months or longer to respond to news media FOI requests. Requests for basic documents usually produce refusals, large portions of blacked out . . .
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