City Refuses to ID Cop Who Killed Parole Officer

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One day after a Freedom of Information Law request and eight days after a shooting claimed the life of an off-duty parole officer, the identity of the Canandaigua, N.Y., Police Department officer involved still has not been released to the public, reports the Messenger Post in Canandaigua. Nancy Abdallah, the city’s clerk-treasurer and designated freedom of information officer, wouldn’t explain why the officer hasn’t been publicly identified. Robert Freeman of the New York State Committee on Open Government and the state’s preeminent expert on public records, said the information is “Clearly public, clearly public, clearly public.”

Repeated requests for the name of the officer were denied by city officials in the days after the shooting that claimed the life of Sandy Guardiola, an off-duty parole officer who engaged in an exchange of gunfire with the police officer. The police officer was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by New York State Police. Michael Grygiel, a lawyer for the newspaper, said in a letter to the city that, “the element of time is not unimportant if press coverage is to fulfill its traditional function of bringing news to the public promptly.”

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