New York City asks court not to unseal RNC spy files
New York City is asking a court not to unseal police files pertaining to police infiltration of non-violent groups before the RNC because the public might want to know what's in them:
Lawyers for the city, responding to a request to unseal records of police surveillance leading up to the 2004 Republican convention in New York, say that the documents should remain secret because the news media will “fixate upon and sensationalize them,” hurting the city’s ability to defend itself in lawsuits over mass arrests. [NYT]
That's right, the city is arguing that the public shouldn't have access to these records because the media will report what's in them, and that will make people angry. And if it became widely known that the NYPD violates people's civil rights, the police might lose more civil rights lawsuits!