Fort Smith Police To Release Records Involving Internal Sexual Harassment Complaint

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released an opinion on a FOIA request of a sexual harassment complaint in the Fort Smith Police Department that the records must be disclosed.

Rutledge stated the police department began an internal investigation on Sept. 16, 2015 after “a female officer in training filed a complaint regarding sexual harassment involving her assigned training officer.”

The report also stated the assigned training officer received a disciplinary suspension of 30 days without pay.

The female officer’s name must not be included in the the records release, Rutledge affirmed.

The training officer’s name has not yet been released.

Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with the police department said information will be released at 5 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 3).

Rutledge’s opinion is below:

“It is my opinion that (1) the custodian properly classified all the responsive records as employee-evaluation records; (2) the custodian correctly concluded–though for the wrong reasons–that the records must be disclosed; and, (3) the custodian’s decision to redact the female officer’s identity is consistent with the FOIA, though at least four additional redactions should be made.”

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