Sarasota Herald Tribune: Judge rules officer’s notes on homeless are private


By Ian Cummings

SARASOTA – A Sarasota police lieutenant does not have to make public his notes from a tour of homeless shelters, a judge ruled on Monday.

Michael Barfield, a Sarasota paralegal, had gone to court against the City of Sarasota in order to force the release of notes that SPD Lt. Kevin Stiff took on a January trip west to inspect homeless shelters in other states.

The trip, in the company of county officials, was public business. Stiff shared some of the notes in public meetings, and Barfield argued that the entirety of the notes should be a public record. Barfield said he wanted the remainder of the notes to inform future debates about a proposed homeless shelter in Sarasota. READ MORE

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