Lawyer's email told all Seattle police employees to preserve texts
Amid Seattle's 2020 racial justice protests, the police department's top lawyer notified all employees on June 11 to "preserve any text … messages that relate to City business," says an email obtained by Axios.
- By then, two public records requests had come in, per the email sent by chief legal counsel Rebecca Boatright.
Why it matters: The email offers more context to Axios' report on Wednesday about ex-police chief Carmen Best's testimony last month on why her texts are missing from the controversial period.
- Best testified she periodically deleted her texts "in bulk" after deciding they didn't contain information requiring them to be kept.
Yes, but: While "transitory" records must only be kept "as needed," state law says once an agency gets a records request, it "may not destroy or erase" any existing record "until the request is resolved."
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