An overwhelming majority of respondents in an online poll think the city of Colorado Springs should release the emails between a city prosecutor and a police detective involved in the botched Hooters case.
Of the 200 votes cast so far, 91 percent say the public has a right to know what’s in the emails.
“Share the Emails! Sunlight is good for freedom,” caribou11 wrote in a comment that has generated 35 votes up and 3 votes down.
The city rejected an open-records request for emails between Assistant City Attorney Elliot Fladen and Detective Jeff True of the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division.
Cindy Aubrey, chief communications officer for Mayor Steve Bach, said releasing the emails would be “contrary to (the) public interest.”
“The CORA request is being denied because our attorneys believe that releasing the requested document would compromise how our attorneys prepare for prosecution, including disclosing strategies and information that would hurt future cases,” Aubrey said last month.
Most readers who have commented on gazette.com seem to disagree with the city’s reasoning.
“What is contrary to the public’s interest is the city covering up this fiasco,” wrote billthecat.
“Lies were told. This has been confirmed many times and ways. The city is hiding the proof that these cops were dirty and the dirt is rising all the way to the top,” billthecat wrote. “The more the city tries to hide things, the less credible they become.”
Billthecat’s comment has generated 34 votes up and 3 votes down.