Task Force to Discuss the Release of 911 Calls

Sunday, Nov 24, 2013  |  Updated 12:44 PM EDT
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Task Force to Discuss the Release of 911 Calls

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The co-chairman of a state task force reviewing ways to balance victim privacy with the public's right to know is offering a compromise on 911 audio tapes for his colleagues to consider.

Hartford state Rep. Angel Arce proposed exempting the audio from public disclosure unless there's an overriding public interest. At the same time, Arce said public agencies should provide written transcripts of any emergency 911 call upon request. In-person reviews of the tapes would be allowed.

The Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know is meeting Wednesday. The group has until Dec. 31 to compile any recommendations for the General Assembly to consider.

Arce said he is offering some recommendations of his own to "jumpstart a productive conversation with members" as the deadline approaches.

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