Appeals court: Pittsburgh can redact G20 documents

A state appeals court says the Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board doesn’t have a right to review unredacted police records involving arrests and police operational plans during the Group of 20 economic summit in September 2009.

The Citizens Police Review Board says it needs the documents to thoroughly and fairly investigate citizen complaints of police misconduct. An Allegheny County judge at first ordered the city to produce the records, but later agreed with city could redact some information under the state’s Criminal History Record Information Act. The law prevents city police from sharing some information with non-law enforcement agencies.

Review board officials aren’t sure if they’ll appeal Wednesday’s Commonwealth Court ruling. The board wants to review about 30 of 200 arrests police made when they clashed with protesters on Sept. 24-25, 2009.