Guam – Attorney Tom Fisher has taken the Guam Police Department to court, seeking to compel the agency’s compliance with former lieutenant governor Ray Tenorio’s Freedom of Information Act request relative to his gun-grabbing case.
Fisher has petitioned for a writ of mandamus following acting Police Chief Steve Ignacio’s refusal to provide documents related to the procedures and protocols officers follow in securing and holstering their weapon.
In a letter to Fisher, Ignacio cited a section of the Guam Sunshine Reform act as the basis for his refusal, which states, “Investigation techniques which if exposed, would threaten the safety of law enforcement officials and/or threaten the integrity of the investigation.”
But Fisher argued that his client’s FOIA request involved public documents that should be made available to the public upon request. In a declaration to court, Fisher said the basis for the denial is “in-apposite and irrelevant, as such it is arbitrary capricious and wrongful.”
The request for court intervention was submitted on Thursday.