In what might be the most blatant move the city of Ferguson has made to try to block public investigation of the Michael Brown shooting, officials are charging journalists thousands of dollars to turn over public records.
Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees’ salaries before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The city has demanded high fees to produce copies of records that, under Missouri law, it could give away free if it determined the material was in the public’s interest to see. Instead, in some cases, the city has demanded high fees with little explanation or cost breakdown.
In some instances, they’re charging over $100 an hour just to copy and paste some emails. A) Where can I get that job? B) If you have nothing to hide, why are you throwing up monetary roadblocks?