In honor of Sunshine Week and open government, here's an example of the absurdities that sometimes result when the public is denied their right to know. A redacted version of our plaintiff's police report from a suit we won in 2008 (presumably the missing section contains highly sensitive information):

A full version of that same police report (provided to us as part of the lawsuit's discovery process and now part of the public record):

Highly sensitive information or completely inconsequential? Hmmm....

Learn more:
Factsheet: Open Meetings in Rhode Island
Factsheet: Open Records in Rhode Island