The Michigan Court of Appeals recently made an interesting ruling on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for police reports regarding an officer involved deadly shooting.

In the case of Tom Rotta v. City of Manistee, the Court upheld in part a trial court decision to not disclose the reports based on an ongoing Michigan State Police investigation. However, the trial court refused to privately review the police reports in question to determine whether all the documents met the requirements to be exempt from FOIA.

Therefore, the Court of Appeals remanded the case back to the trial court to make a decision after privately reviewing the disputed documents.

Click here for the full Court of Appeals decision in Tom Rotta v. City of Manistee.