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As far as Mayor Alan Webber's administration is concerned, it's none of your business whether a police officer—or any other city employee for that matter—has been disciplined for misconduct. From police officers shooting residents to someone stealing from the business office, the public is in the dark when the Santa Fe investigates its own and decides someone has broken the rules.

The administration believes that the fact of police and other employee discipline should be kept secret, and is not a fact at all. Rather, the city of Santa Fe claims that any such discipline is a matter of opinion.

The Santa Fe Reporter has been asking for disciplinary records for years, in particular about police officers. The city has denied us each time. So, last year, we sued them under IPRA. Last month, a judge said we had every right to do so.