Virginia is considering legislation that would exclude police officers’ names from mandatory disclosure. The bill — the first of its kind in the nation — is in response to a local reporter’s Freedom of Information Act requests. Supporters say it would keep officers safe from harassment, while opponents call it an affront to transparency and accountability. Kojo considers the balance between privacy and transparency when it comes to law enforcement.


  • Michael Pope Northern Virginia reporter, WAMU 88.5; Author, "Wicked Northern Virginia" (The History Press)
  • Gary Harki Reporter, The Virginian-Pilot
  • Dana Schrad Executive Director, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police

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