Chicago argues police officers’ personal emails are private

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Chicago Police work the scene of a fatal shooting on the 3200 block of West Irving Park Road on Jan. 16, 2016. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

CHICAGO— The city of Chicago is asking a judge to overturn an Illinois attorney general’s ruling that police officers’ personal emails are a matter of public record.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the city filed the complaint Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, arguing that officers’ personal emails concerning the shooting death of a teenager by an officer aren’t subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

The Illinois attorney general’s public access counselor ruled last month that the Chicago Police Department violated public records laws when it denied the emails requested by CNN. The emails include messages from officer Jason Van Dyke, who has pleaded not guilty to murder in Laquan McDonald’s death.

Attorney general spokeswoman Maura Possley says the office plans to defend its ruling.

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