'Hiding abuses of power': Secret 'policing for profit' gets gov't sued

 January 23, 2024

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

The Institute for Justice has announced a new lawsuit against Spartanburg County, South Carolina, and its sheriff's office, over a "policing for profit" scheme that the sheriff insists on keeping secret.

"Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright calls a news conference each year to announce the results of Operation Rolling Thunder," says Daryl James, a writer with the Institute for Justice who filed the initial public records request on October 11, 2022. "But he only provides information favorable to his agency."

The institute reported such lack of transparency lets the county "control the narrative surrounding Operation Rolling Thunder while hiding possible abuses of power."

"The sheriff spoon-feeds information to the public," charged Rob Johnson, a senior lawyer with the institute. "People have a right to know what is going on behind the press conference podium. If the government can pick and choose what facts to release, then anything abusive or unflattering will stay hidden."

The lawsuit is to force the county to release public records about the operation.

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