UPDATED: Public Access Counselor: City Violates Law Withholding Arrest Video of Mayor Henry

(Tom Franklin/WOWO News)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO):  The Indiana State’s Public Access Counselor has determined that the City of Fort Wayne violated the Access to Public Records Act by failing to disclose incident report and body footage of Mayor Tom Henry’s OWI arrested on October 8, 2022.  According to our partners in news at 21 Alive, attorneys representing the City of Fort Wayne have denied multiple public information requests mainly for body cam video and the police report following the October 8th incident.

Malak Heiny, city attorney, has said the requests were protected by an investigatory records clause, which states that it’s up to police whether the files are released. Luke Britt, the governor-appointed public access counselor, released an opinion Tuesday said that the city has to have a reason for withholding the records. Britt said he doesn’t see any policies or legal reason to justify withholding an incident report of body camera footage for a mayor who has pleaded guilty, been sentenced and continued in the executive role.

City spokesperson, John Perlich, told The Journal Gazette that city officials are reviewing Britt’s opinion and will release a formal response “in the near future.”

Mayor Henry’s Office released the following statement Thursday morning:

I want to take this opportunity to update the public that my staff and I continue to review the recent opinion from the Indiana Public Access Counselor concerning the release of video footage from my recent OWI arrest.

I will provide a formal response to the opinion and next steps at a media briefing at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at my office at Citizens Square.

1 COMMENT

  1. Henry is a democrat, right? Marxicrats are never held accountable. If he was a republican the video would have been posted on line before he was taken to jail. Voters will likely re-elect him. American voters are some of the dumbest people on the planet. Look at Georgia. Anyone should have been able to see that Warnock was a slickster more slimy than most in the DC cesspool. Yet he gets re-elected. We all set around complaining about the political situation, high taxes, inflation, and so on. The list is endless. BUT we go and elect the usual suspects to continue the grift, fraud, and degradation. We had a chance to change the US Senate. But no we gave it completely to thugs and Marxicrats to rape and pillaged this once great land of all its integrity, wealth, and LIBERTY. WE have ruined our Republic. Instead of electing a solid conservative as Speaker of the House our mugwump representatives are prepared to elect a squish that will just let thing generally go on as they are. He might rock the boat a little but not as much as needed. Our own Toad Young has stabbed our Liberty in the back twice this year alone, that we know of. He voted for more useless gun control, how can you expect violence to abate by focusing on inanimate objects that all need a human to animate it??? Then he voted to open the door for the gaystopo to hector, harass, and persecute by law fare any Christian who does not believe in their “lifestyle” in violation of at least 4 Constitutional Amendments. Marriage falls under the 10th Amendment left with the States or The People. When things get real bad in the next two years, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

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