ACLU, newspaper sue over police department audit
SALEM, N.H. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire and the newspaper The Union Leader have filed a joint lawsuit against the town of Salem seeking an unredacted police department audit.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports the ACLU says in its lawsuit that releasing the full report will help restore trust in police and the town.
The audit released Nov. 23 listed several concerns about the police department’s culture, including its failure to investigate citizen complaints and managers who ignore the town’s authority.
Salem says it is implementing the report’s recommendations and searching for a new police chief. Police Chief Paul Donovan resigned in early December.
Deputy Police Chief Robert Morin previously said “significant portions” of the audit were “without merit and contain speculation, opinion and hearsay.”
Information from: WEVO-FM, http://www.nhpr.org/