Watchdog Group Crowdfunds Police Domestic Violence Records

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Collaborative news site and watchdog group MuckRock is asking for the public’s help in paying the “huge fees” involved in getting law enforcement to release police domestic violence records.

“Tracking the number of police officers accused of domestic violence is vital to public safety, particularly for women, as these public servants are tasked with responding to calls from victims of domestic violence,” Muck Rock noted in a release on Tuesday.

“According to the National Center for Women & Policing, 40 percent of families with police officers in them experience domestic violence, a far higher rate than the 25 percent affected in the general population.”

Muck Rock reports that Plano, Texas is charging $508 for the records; the Dallas Police Department wants $341.11; and Collier County, Fla. says the reports cost $257.85. The project is still in the launching stage.

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