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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