By: Diane Benjamin
My next lawsuit is going to be for the AUDIO of the Executive Session where the Attorney General ruled the Open Meetings Act was violated. I will demand the judge listen to the entire audio to insure the City doesn’t redact items that shouldn’t be redacted.
Stay with me:
See the Attorney General ruling here: https://blnnews.com/2016/06/04/renner-is-guilty/
Here are the minutes as released in June 2014: Not Redacted 40f1746-11-15-13-closed-meeting-minutesr-2
That document is SEVEN pages long – Keep that thought!
When the Attorney General requested (as opposed to order) the City release the audio, I submitted a FOIA request for it. I received this denial:
This is the document that was attached they claim is the redacted minutes from the meeting that was ruled illegal: REDACTED 201606131459-1
Open that file – it’s THIRTEEN Pages.
SIX pages are missing between the two sets of minutes!
Someone at the City of Bloomington re-wrote the minutes to deceive citizens.
Hales/Renner wanted you to believe in 2014 the meeting was no big deal. Renner called Stearns ridiculous. But somebody at the City forget the previously forged minutes! They accidentally attached the real minutes. Lies are hard to keep straight!
When the original minutes were released in 2014, information wasn’t redacted as allowed by law – it was deleted! More than TWO years later, we find the minutes released have very little to do with what actually took place. What’s in the missing 6 pages? The Attorney General’s opinion stated only small sections that could be redacted.
If the Council is going to allow this deceit, I have no choice but to let a judge decide.
Scott Black, Jim Fruin, Joni Painter, Mboka Mwilambwe, and Kevin Lower are all up for election early next year. The Council recently allowed Alderman to put items on the agenda. Here’s the 5 votes needed to put the audio release on the agenda. The ONLY way to restore the citizens faith in government is to NOT redact anything!
They certainly aren’t very good at it! Even if they do release the audio, I have no assurance they didn’t redact things that shouldn’t have been!
Intentionally creating documents meant to deceive is a crime. Unfortunately, nobody with the ability to prosecute cares. I will send it to our State’s Attorney and post the reply when they refuse.