Commission weighs challenge on Newtown 911 calls

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Associated Press

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 3 at 1:04 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission has ordered Newtown officials to provide 911 calls from the day of the shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary School as it considers a request by The Associated Press.

A hearing officer, Kathleen Ross, asked Monday for the town to provide her the copies within two weeks. She said she commission would weigh objections raised by investigators as it evaluates whether the material should be released publicly.

The AP requested documents including copies of 911 calls in part to examine how well law enforcement responded to one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. The town ultimately denied the AP's request, citing legal exemptions that allow the government to withhold documents if they claim they're being used for an ongoing investigation and should remain secret.

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