Ramsay Defends Handling of Gauthier Investigation Data
Posted at: 09/11/2012 6:17 PM
| Updated at: 09/11/2012 10:47 PM
By: Paige Calhoun
Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay defends his department's handling of the investigation into Representative Kerry Gauthier. The Chair of the House Subcommittee on Data Practices had asked the department to explain why information in the case was not made public sooner and if there were different standards for high profile cases.
In a letter to Representative Peggy Scott, Chief Gordon Ramsay states that the information was only kept private during the course of the ongoing investigation. He said that once the case wrapped up, the information became public. Ramsay said Gauthier's case was handled the same as anyone else's. Ramsay wrote that police were following legal advice that Gauthier's name and investigative data were not public at the time of request by the Duluth News Tribune.
The newspaper reported that when they originally requested the information, they were told none existed. Ramsay said in the letter that not all officers have access to on-going investigations so that the cases are not compromised. Ramsay has told Eyewitness News the department has taken steps to prevent any possible confusion in the future.