Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Judge orders Sandy Hook 911 calls released

A Connecticut judge Tuesday ordered Newtown police to release the 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

The recordings must be made public by Dec. 4, Superior Judge Eliot Prescott said in a 33-page decision rejecting arguments by Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky that the calls contain "information relative to child abuse" and may cause emotional harm to survivors and victims' families.

Releasing the recordings "will assist the public in gauging the appropriateness of law enforcement's response to calls for help from the public," he wrote. "In fact, public analysis of the recordings may serve to vindicate and support the professionalism and bravery of first responders ... who themselves have undoubtedly been subject to emotional turmoil and pain in witnessing the scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School."

The judge added that airing the recordings would let the public decide whether any procedural changes might be necessary.

Delaying their release "only serves to fuel speculation about and undermine confidence in our law enforcement officials," Prescott wrote.

Read the entire decision  HERE.

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