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A bill that would have required public disclosure of internal investigative files on a police or sheriff's officer's on-duty conduct after an investigation was complete died in a Senate kill committee on May 4, the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition reports. The bill had been sponsored by Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud.

Police and sheriffs opposed House Bill 18-1404. Which isn't surprising, considering, as the CFOIC reported, a University of Denver law school study found "that most police and sheriff's departments routinely reject public records requests for internal affairs files, leaving Coloradans 'largely in the dark with regard to allegations and investigations of police misconduct.'"

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