Lyssikatos v. King - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.


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Lyssikatos v. King (2017)

Category: Active Case    Open Government    Police Practices    

About This Case:
This is a lawsuit against the Pawtucket Police over the Department's refusal to release reports of alleged police officer misconduct generated by its Internal Affairs Division (IAD). Filed on behalf of Dimitri Lyssikatos, a member of the Rhode Island Accountability Project, the suit argues that the Department's refusal to release the records is a violation of the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).  A similar suit was filed in November 2018.

Current Status:
In July 2019, the ACLU appealed to 1) the RI Supreme Court and 2) the Attorney General requesting that both bodies reverse a 2017 Attorney General that allows police to keep secret some of its reports of police misconduct.

ACLU Cooperating Attorneys:
James D. Cullen, R. Kelly Sheridan

Related Documents
Related News Releases
  • Jul 22, 2019 - ACLU Mounts Two-Pronged Attack to Make Records of Police Misconduct Public
  • Mar 18, 2019 - Court Denies ACLU Motion Seeking Access to Pawtucket Police Misconduct Records
  • Aug 08, 2017 - ACLU Sues Pawtucket Police Over Failure to Turn Over Reports of Alleged Police Misconduct