Photo: Obtaining police emails can take months, cost thousands

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In this photo taken Monday, March 7, 2016, Jason Parsley, the editor of the South Florida Gay News, poses for a photo at his office in Wilton Manors, Fla. Parsley, an editor for a gay newspaper in Florida, faced numerous obstacles as he tried to learn how often police officers used derogatory terms in their emails. The Associated Press featured Parsley’s effort in 2015 during Sunshine Week and then joined forces with his newspaper, the South Florida Gay News. The goal was to determine whether such police emails were public and, if so, how the public and media could obtain them in a timely and cost-efficient way. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

In this photo taken Monday, March 7, 2016, Jason Parsley, the editor of the South Florida Gay News, poses for a photo at his office in Wilton Manors, Fla. Parsley, an editor for a gay newspaper in Florida, faced numerous obstacles as he tried to learn how often police officers used derogatory terms in their emails. The Associated Press featured Parsley’s effort in 2015 during Sunshine Week and then joined forces with his newspaper, the South Florida Gay News. The goal was to determine whether such police emails were public and, if so, how the public and media could obtain them in a timely and cost-efficient way. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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  1. […] Editors Note: (Eds: Updates throughout with quotes, background and other details. One of several stories by The Associated Press, McClatchy and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel marking Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of access to public information. With AP Photo.) […]

  2. […] SUNSHINE WEEK-POLICE EMAILS FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An Associated Press story for Sunshine Week a year ago included the example of an editor for a gay newspaper in Florida, who faced numerous obstacles as he tried to learn how often police officers used derogatory terms in their emails. After one agency quoted him a price of nearly $400,000 to fulfill the request, the AP stepped in to help. The two news organizations filed similar requests with several Florida law enforcement agencies to determine if those types of emails were public and, if so, how news organizations and the public could obtain them. A year later and after multiple public records filings, they have their answer. And it’s one that could provide a blueprint for other news organizations around the country as they report on police accountability. By Terry Spencer. Photo. […]

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