Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Does gang activity equal terrorism under Virginia's FOIA?

The Staunton paper reports here ("Council, police to discuss gang activity," 8/24/04) that the city council there is going to have a closed meeting with police to discuss ongoing criminal investigations about gang activity in the city, and as an exception to the open meeting requirements, they are relying on Va. Code 2.2-3711(A)(20), which applies to:

"Discussion of plans to protect public safety as it relates to terrorist activity and briefings by staff members, legal counsel, or law-enforcement or emergency service officials concerning actions taken to respond to such activity or a related threat to public safety."

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