In a stunning revelation to The Lakeland Ledger, Lakeland Chief of Police Lisa Womack has admitted that it is the policy of the LPD to play games with public records requests. To the uninitiated that may be a surprise, but to those of us who have dealt with the LPD on public records issues before, it is simply conformation of the obvious.
According to the article “Womack said she admits her agency will sometimes play a ‘cat-and-mouse’ type game with the media when LPD doesn’t want to release sensitive records but said that isn’t the case this time.”
When you consider the fact that public records access is a constitutionally protected right in the State of Florida, that admission is truly troubling. It leaves thinking people to wonder what other civil rights is Chief Womack toying with? And if they play games with the newspaper what are they doing with average citizens?