Lawyers ask judge to block identity of Mt. Pleasant town official’s name in police report

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - The Town of Mount Pleasant is hoping a judge will block the release of a police report involving a public official.

On Wednesday the town’s lawyers filed paperwork in Charleston County court, asking Live 5 News, the Post and Courier and the Charleston City Paper to attend a hearing before a judge.

This all stems from our request for a report of an alleged assault at Cario Middle School that happened in October 2018.

The apparent victim is the daughter of the town official. The official’s name is hidden in the report, which Live 5 News maintains is a violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

The town’s lawyers want the judge to decide if the town must release the unredacted report that names the official.

The police report states the official made threats to staff at the school if they didn’t document the incident as an assault.

In the court filing, the town says it is their belief that the primary motivation for our request is "political intrigue at the expense of a minor child's right to privacy."

A lawyer for the alleged victim has threatened to sue the town if they released the report.

On Tuesday night, town council voted 7-1 to instruct their lawyers to petition the judge.

The only no vote was from Mayor Will Haynie who supports releasing the official's name.

We have reached out to the seven town council members.

Only one got back to us.

Councilman Joe Bustos said he thought the town official’s name should be released in the report.

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