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Board votes to pursue records complaints in Burlington shooting

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state board has voted to pursue open records complaints against Burlington police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation over records regarding a fatal shooting.

The Iowa Public Information Board voted 5-3 Thursday, Oct. 28, to reinstate charges in connection to investigative records about an officer’s accidental shooting of Burlington resident Autumn Steel in January 2015.

The vote comes after multiple attempts by the panel to proceed with examining whether the agencies violated Iowa’s open records law. An administrative law judge dismissed the complaints in September, citing procedural defects. The board rescinded an initial vote this month over filing proceedings.

Authorities have said they properly released records as required by law.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports board officials have not disclosed details about an expected evidentiary hearing.

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