Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department v. Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Justia Opinion Summary

The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court ordering the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) to disclose patrol officer unit assignments from 2014 through 2016, holding that the officers had a nontrivial privacy interest in their unit assignments.

Las Vegas Review-Journal submitted a Nevada Public Records Act request Metro's officers' unit assignments from 2014 through 2016. When Metro refused to disclose the unit assignments, the Review-Journal petitioned the district court for a writ of mandamus. The district court granted the petition. The Supreme Court reversed, holding (1) courts should apply the test adopted in Clark County School District v. Las Vegas Review-Journal (CCSD), 429 P.3d 313 (Nev. 2018) whenever the government asserts a nontrivial privacy interest; and (2) the district court erred in determining that Metro's officers lacked a nontrivial privacy interest in their unit assignments.

Primary Holding
The Supreme Court reversed the district court's judgment ordering the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) to disclose patrol officer unit assignments, holding that the officers had a nontrivial privacy interest in their unit assignments.

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