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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ind. Courts - Purdue Exponent sues Purdue for access to surveillance video"

Chris Morisse Vizza reports for the Lafayette Journal Courier:

The Purdue Exponent has filed suit against Purdue University to obtain access to surveillance video of a confrontation between police and an Exponent photojournalist.

The confrontation occurred shortly after the January 21 fatal shooting of student Andrew Boldt in a basement classroom in the Electrical Engineering building.

Police detained the photographer, Michael Takeda, and confiscated and damaged his equipment, Pat Kuhnle, Exponent publisher and general manager told the Journal & Courier. * * *

The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana states the university erroneously labeled the surveillance video as evidence of the crime scene, and failed to release the recordings as required by Indiana's public records access laws.

"Purdue's arbitrary refusal to release the requested video stands in the way of those free press rights," said Kelly Eskew, ACLU of Indiana staff attorney.

The requested video shows Takeda being pushed to the ground, and shoved into a wall by campus police, according to the ACLU.

Takeda identified immediately identified himself as a member of the press after he gained access to the second floor of the Electrical Engineering building, which was not sealed off by police, the ACLU said.

The case, Purdue Student Publishing Foundation, Inc. d/b/a The Purdue Exponent v. Purdue University was filed in the Tippecanoe Superior Court.

Also, via a tweet:

The Public Access Counselor, however, concluded: "Purdue University has not violated the Access to Public Records Act."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 12, 2014 01:35 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts