Judge to Consider Making Consent Decree Hearing Public

U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla has asked attorneys for the city of Memphis to show why the transcript from a closed-door session on police reforms should not be made public. Following an August update hearing on the city’s compliance with the 1978 Kendrick Consent Decree, which prohibits police from gathering surveillance on protesters, attorneys for the city asked the court to seal the record. The city had sought modifications to the consent decree and cited “potential security vulnerabilities” that could arise if the record was made public. McCalla gave the parties until Oct. 15 to make their arguments. The Daily Memphian has the story.

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