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The local firefighters union and two Albuquerque Republicans are pushing legislation that would make statements given by firefighters and paramedics during internal investigations off limits to the public, prosecutors and even targets of the investigation absent a court order.
While the legislation sponsored by Rep. Paul Pacheco and Sen. Sander Rue is limited to firefighters, open government group spokeswoman Susan Boe said it was clear from discussion during committee hearings “that the intent is to eventually protect police officer statements from public disclosure.”
Firefighters union President Diego Arencon said in an interview that the union doesn’t want statements given in internal investigations made public under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act.
“Those statements should be for internal use only,” Arencon said. “Unless a judge rules that someone has the right to them.”