by Seth Liss Published Dec. 25, 2014 12:59 pm
A public records request from ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne led to the Tallahassee Police Department posting hundreds of public records online – along with her original request and cell phone number – on Christmas Eve.
Lavigne requested police records for hundreds of Florida State University athletes in an apparent investigation of the police department’s treatment of the athletes.
From the Tallahassee Democrat:
The request came after TPD and FSU were the subject of major investigative stories by the New York Times earlier this year. The Times articles focused mostly on how the agency and the department handle police run ins involving FSU players, including quarterback Jameis Winston.
“We are committed to ensuring that every citizen of this community, including our university students, know that we take every report of possible criminal activity seriously,” Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo wrote in a statement. We also have an obligation, under state law, to respond to national media requests such as this and have done so professionally and with a commitment to openness.”
TPD included Lavigne’s original request in its release, which at least gave her records request credit for the release. Unfortunately, they didn’t scrub her personal information so she may be hearing from some angry FSU fans.