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PD tweaks policy after discharge flap

A South Dakota police department has changed its policy for releasing information to the military following its outing of a lesbian Air Force sergeant that led to her discharge.

The Rapid City Police Department will now require its records custodian to review reports before they’re released to military officials. Previously, any officer could release information.

Chief Steve Allender says he still believes his officers acted appropriately in sharing information about Jene Newsome with nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base. But he says the policy change will allow better evaluation of what future information is released.

from WiG and AP reports

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