The American Civil Liberties Union has filed an appeal in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court seeking records from the Pittsburgh police department.
According to the filing, the ACLU submitted a request under the state Right to Know Law seeking records from the city's SWAT team and on acquisition of "cutting-edge weapons technology."
The request was denied by the city on April 11 and by the state Office of Open Records on May 24.
Among its complaints, the ACLU said the city failed to properly address the denial for records and did not provide any description of the information sought, whether anyone looked for the information or whether it existed.
Instead, the response from the city said, "[T]he requested records, to the extent they exist, are not public and your request is denied in its entirety."
Included in the information being sought by the ACLU were all incident reports documenting each time a SWAT team was deployed from Jan. 1, 2011, to the present and information on use-of-force incidents.
The appeal was filed Monday.