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 series of legal actions over police departments' refusal to release reports of alleged police officer misconduct generated by their Internal Affairs Divisions (IAD).

A lawsuit, Lyssikatos v. King, filed on behalf of Dimitri Lyssikatos, a member of the Rhode Island Accountability Project, argues that the Pawtucket Police Department's refusal to release the records is a violation of the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).

A similar lawsuit, Cox v. Goncalves, a was filed in November 2018.

In a separate legal action, in July 2019, as a result of the Woonsocket Police Department's refusal to release similar records, the ACLU appealed to 1) the RI Supreme Court and 2) the Attorney General requesting that both bodies reverse a 2017 Attorney General decision that allows police to keep secret some of its reports of police misconduct.  Woonsocket subsequently released the records in August 2019.

Current Status:
The ACLU of RI lawsuit against the Pawtucket Police Department is pending.

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

Related Documents
Related News Releases
  • Aug 27, 2019 - Woonsocket Agrees to Make Police Misconduct Records Public
  • 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