Feb. 21 -State Sen. wants parents to have access to investigations into school police

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Laura Gutierrez has been trying to get public records from Albuquerque Public Schools for more than a year. In 2014 a school law enforcement officer allegedly used force against her autistic son.

APS opened an investigation and soon cleared the officer of any wrongdoing. Gutierrez wants to see all the documents from this investigation.

In the fall and winter of 2015, Gutierrez filed four public records requests with APS for the district’s internal investigation of the officer, an employee of the school district.

The school district has refused to release information from the internal investigation, including witness statements and a forensic interview with her son Michael, who was 13 at the time.

Now, a state senator is attempting to add a section to the state’s public records disclosure law to require that all parents or guardians have access to investigations of school officers accused of misconduct against their child.

But some government transparency advocates warn that the bill could actually undermine the state’s public records law.

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State Sen. wants parents to have access to investigations into school police