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Judge says Burlington violated records law in shooting case

FILE - In this 2013, file photo provided by her mother, Gina Waters-Colbert, Autumn Steele poses with her sons, Kai, left, and Gunner at her mother's home in Columbus, Ga. The city of Burlington, Iowa, has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Steele, who was mistakenly shot and killed by a police officer, attorneys confirmed Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The deal resolves a lawsuit that claimed a police officer acted recklessly when he killed Steele, and then participated in a cover-up that portrayed the shooting as justified as a result of an attacking dog. (Gina Waters-Colbert via AP, File)

A judge says the city of Burlington and the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division broke Iowa law by refusing to turn over all records gathered in investigating a police officer's accidental shooting of a Burlington woman.

The Hawk Eye reports that Administrative Law Judge Karen Doland said in the decision she filed Monday that the public's right to transparency should have outweighed officials' desire for secrecy.

The newspaper and the family of Autumn Steele have sought the records since she was fatally shot on Jan. 6, 2015, by an officer responding to a fight between Steele and her husband.

A federal judge already has ordered the city to release body camera video from the officer, his medical records and a portion of the state investigative files.

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