Longmont says release of report on warrantless police not in public interest

Times-Call (Longmont): Longmont officials on Monday said it would not be in the public’s interest to release a 40-page document detailing the independent investigation into warrantless police searches in May at a subsidized housing apartment complex.

The city’s denial of the Times-Call’s request for the report under the Colorado Open Records Act is the second within a week, following officials’ refusal to release documents related to a harassment investigation among City Council members.

Results of a Weld County sheriff’s investigation — conducted at the request of Longmont officials — released Friday revealed that the use of police dogs in warrantless drug searches of units at the Longmont Housing Authority’s The Suites complex wa not consistent with the police department’s standards.

Officials including Public Safety Chief Mike Butler, rather than releasing the findings, summarized the report in a news release and video saying that police “have already taken corrective actions to ensure that this never happens again.”

The news release also said that the police’s “policies, procedures, training and practices are all in place and appropriate” and they are looking for opportunities to improve.

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