REDACTED INFORMATION WAS NOT PROTECTED UNDER THE LAW

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July 15, 2020


Request: Did the City of Fargo violate the open records law when it redacted an email provided in response to an open record request?

Conclusion:  The City of Fargo received a request for the email sent by the Fargo Police Chief to the department, regarding the actions of the [former] deputy chief during a contentious time. The city cited three exceptions to the law as the basis for withholding information in the requested email. Upon review, this office determined that the contents of the email do not fit within the exceptions to the law the city cited. Therefore, the city violated the law when it redacted information from the requested record.

Opinion 2020-O-07

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