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City denies PRA request

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — The city of Susanville has denied a Public Records Act request from the Lassen County Times regarding information on former Susanville Police Officer Michael Milito who allegedly was involved in a 2012 tasing incident involving Jordan Drury.

Earlier this month the newspaper requested a copy of the investigative report into Milito’s conduct during the Drury incident requested by Susanville Police Chief Tom Downing and the settlement agreement made between the city and Drury after he dismissed a $1 million lawsuit regarding the incident.

Milito allegedly tased Drury repeatedly outside a Gay Street party in May 2012. Drury was taken into custody and charged with felony resisting arrest. Within hours, then Lassen County District Attorney Robert Burns ordered Drury’s release from custody and rejected the felony charge.

Shortly after the Gay Street incident, newly appointed police chief Tom Downing placed an officer — believed to be Milito — on administrative leave and asked for an investigation into the incident by an independent agency.

For the full story and other local stories, read the Tuesday, July 22, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.


-4 #3 miyacaskawin 2014-07-28 00:44
The refusal to honor the PRA request may have to do with the city's financial settlement with Mr. Drury, which are often subject to stipulations of non-disclosure. From what I've read in the LCT, Milito's behaior indicated that he had no business ever working in law enforcement. The cost to the city of Susanville for Milito's "lack of professionalism " (e.g. brutality) is far more than financial--it threatens a very crucial sense of trust citizens should have for their own police department.
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-3 #2 Jerry Curl 2014-07-25 03:24
I fully believe in what Kirk says. If you do not believe in what the man says, then Don't print it.
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+3 #1 kirk Lazarus 2014-07-22 23:00
You should put the reasoning behind the citys ddecision on here. Their lawyer stated why they refused to release the record. I understand the times is contesting their decision, but this makes it look like the city is just denying you for no reason. You guys sure do pick and choose your stories. What happened to any report of Craig platt screwing the taxpayers and city out of money and that's why he "resigned" . It is irresponsible for you to print this in the paper before and work was don't to find if the citys ruling is correct.
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