From The Toledo Blade
Mayor Mike Bell, in the midst of a contested re-election bid, threw in the towel on Tuesday after fighting for more than a year to keep the city’s gang map from being made public.
City Law Director Adam Loukx said he sent a motion to the Ohio Supreme Court asking that the court dismiss the city’s appeal of The Blade’s successful lawsuit to have the gang map declared a public record. The motion came one day after the newspaper obtained a copy of the map and published it.
The motion to dismiss verifies that the newspaper obtained an authentic copy of the department’s map.
John Robinson Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Blade, said the city should have taken this action sooner.
“We were always confident about the strength of our legal position that the city was obligated to give us the gang map,” Mr. Block said. “They didn’t do this out of the goodness of their heart. The public can now see that there was no reason for the city to withhold it.”
The motion to dismiss states: “At issue was the city’s refusal to provide [The Blade] with a document prepared by a Toledo police detective and referred to as a ‘gang map.’ The city refused to provide the map as it believed the map was a confidential law enforcement investigatory record and, thus, not a public record under Ohio law.”
Since the map was printed in The Blade on Tuesday, the city moved to drop its appeal.