Posted February 14, 2018 06:01:24By David L. Johnson,The Washington TimesA new public records law in Michigan will require all municipal and county governments in the state to turn over records that are requested by law enforcement.
The measure was approved by the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday.
Law enforcement agencies and the public have long fought over access to records about the killing of unarmed African-Americans by police.
The Detroit Police Department last month obtained a court order seeking the records and has asked a judge to hold them back.
The new law, sponsored by state Sen. Gary Woodall (D-Detroit), was the first to require municipalities to give police officers the ability to get search warrants.
It requires police departments to provide a search warrant to get the information they need to conduct a search, including names, addresses, dates of birth, and social security numbers.
It also requires agencies to turn the records over within 30 days.
The legislation was prompted by a lawsuit filed by a man who accused a police officer of beating him, and a civil rights lawsuit filed against the city of Flint by a woman who said a police captain violated her constitutional rights.
The law also expands protections for people in custody who have suffered mental illness, including people detained in mental health facilities, or those who have committed suicide.