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City of Toledo can destroy police officer's disciplinary records, per union contract

In the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, union contracts have received extra scrutiny among activists for police reform.

TOLEDO, Ohio — An officer's disciplinary records can be destroyed after a certain period of time, according to the city of Toledo's collective bargaining agreement with the local police officer's union.

In the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, activists have been calling for police reform locally and nationally. Union contracts have received extra scrutiny as being a barrier to change.

As written in the agreements with Toledo Police Patrolman's' Association, as well as the Toledo Police Command Officers Association, all records relating to cases of suspensions of 30 days or more are destroyed after five years and all other disciplinary records are destroyed after four years. 

This agreement with the TPPA began on Jan. 1, 1994. 

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In a news conference Monday morning, Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said he believes disciplinary records should be more readily available to the public than they are now.

"Generally speaking, I think there should be more public scrutiny on officer performance. I don't quite know how we do that or what it looks like but I would like the public to be able to understand the records of our officers," Kapszukiewicz said. 

The mayor added that the city will have a chance to negotiate their contracts, which expires at the end of this year, very soon. 

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