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Newspaper sues after denied access to gang boundary map

A gang boundary map is being withheld by police in Ohio.

After learning about its existence, the Toledo Blade requested to see and copy the map of growing gang-related activity and shootings from this year, Blade staff writer Erika Blake reported.

Police claimed that disclosing the map would interfere with ongoing investigations.

The Toledo Blade sued the city of Toledo because it said outright concealment violated Ohio’s open records law. The Blade said police should at least release a redacted version of the map.

The police department’s tight fist on the map came after officers already told a Blade reporter about the map on more than one occasion. The map allegedly hangs on a wall in the Safety Building and is available on the department’s computer system, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit states public interest should be taken into consideration because city officials are planning to reallocate police resources, including possibly relocating a police station, the Blade reported.

Read more here.

Whitney is the summer Pulliam/Killgore intern with SPJ. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University after studying journalism. Connect with her via email – –  or on twitter – @whitevs7

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