WICHITA, Kan. — The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star allege in a lawsuit that Wichita officials didn’t follow the state’s open records law in denying access to police body-camera footage in two cases.
The suit filed Friday in Sedgwick County District Court says officials were wrong not to release footage of an Iraqi man being handcuffed while trying to deposit a $151,000 check, which later was determined to be legitimate. The man alleges he was racially profiled. Also rejected was a request for footage of a case involving a Wichita police officer, who is alleged to have been involved in an off-duty hit-and-run crash.
Eagle editor Steve Coffman says he hopes the lawsuit will bring clarity. City attorney Jennifer Magana didn’t immediately return a request for comment from The Associated Press.