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New Website Focuses On Police Contracts

Project Flashlight

With the launch Jan. 18 of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut’s Project Flashlight, for the first time the public will be able to find key information on police contracts and police commissions throughout the state in one online location.

The police transparency project was years in the making and will ultimately include information on police use of force incidents and lawsuits and settlements involving police, the organization said.

“Injustice thrives in the dark,” Dan Barrett, legal director of the CT ACLU, said in a press release announcing the launch. “At minimum, people should know what their local governments are doing, especially when it comes to oversight of something as expensive and harmful as police departments. Too often, the state and local governments obscure even basic information about what police are doing, things as simple as the contracts that those governments have chosen to agree to with police.”

New Website Focuses On Police Contracts