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April 16, 2024

AG: Naperville Police improperly denied School Shooting 911 call and radio traffic

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On July 17, 2017

DuPage Co. (ECWd) –

A targeted murder at Scullen Middle School of a college Professor sitting in his vehicle waiting for his son led one citizen to request more information as little was being covered in the news at the time.

“Mr. Franckowiak submitted an FOIA request to the Department seeking recordings of calls reporting the shooting on January 27, 2017, at Scullen Middle School and radio traffic of cars that were involved on the day of the incident. On March 17, 2017, the Department denied the request in its entirety, stating that it could “not release any information while a case is under investigation.”

“For the reasons stated below, the Public Access Bureau concludes that the Naperville Police Department (Department) improperly withheld records responsive to Mr. Edward Franckowiak’s March 14, 2017, FOIA request in their entireties, instead of providing redacted copies of records.”

The Attorney General Public Access Office has issued their opinion and directed the Naperville Police to turn over the applicable recordings.

“Therefore, this office requests that the Department provide Mr. Franckowiak with copies of those records, subject to the redaction of “private information” under section 7(l)(b), the identity of individual who called 9-1-1 under section 7(l)(d)(iv) of FOIA, and the description of the physical condition of the decedent’s vehicle under section 7(l)(d)(vii) of FOIA.”

You can download a copy of the AG opinion at this link, or read below.

AG opinion on Police FOIA 911 call



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1 Comment
  • A. Lincoln
    Posted at 09:07h, 17 July

    “Therefore, this office requests that the Department provide Mr. Franckowiak with copies of those records…”

    “This letter serves to close this file.”

    How very sad. Meaningless make-work for attorneys at the Attorney General’s Office.
    Going through the motions. Fulfilling the letter, but not the spirit of the law. ‘Requesting’ police to do something they have already said they will not do. Knowing full well the matter is over. Reciting the dog-whistle of “This letter serves to close this file.”

    The sovereign people of the once-great State of Illinois are no more. And boys and girls, you all know who you can thank for this tragedy.