In Kansas, the Cops Say “Trust Us…”

Not even a high-profile incident like an FBI investigation into police ticket-fixing will prompt Kansas lawmakers to let a little sunlight into police misconduct investigations. No state in the country rivals the secrecy of Kansas when it comes to the police investigating their own…

Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib said the recent FBI investigation into a traffic ticket-fixing scheme and the removal of two high-ranking Lawrence police officers does not necessitate more transparency in police misconduct cases.

“We act appropriately and hold people accountable,” Khatib said.

For the past two years, the Lawrence Journal-World has requested the full reports for misconduct complaints against members of the Lawrence Police Department. The department has denied those requests, citing a personnel exemption in the Kansas open records law. However, police have furnished brief case summaries indicating which complaints were sustained.

Take our word for it, they say, and good taxpayers everywhere groan…