False Police report and defamation slander libel

Asked almost 2 years ago - Ronkonkoma, NY

Somebody called the police on me and filed a report against me which is not true but I asked if I can see the police report but the police said that they cannot release police reports. I wanted to sue for defamation but can't because the police say they cant release it to me. Why?

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  1. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . The police do not have to release it. You may get it as part of discovery in the criminal case depending on how far the case goes. As for defemation, reporting an alleged crime to the police is priviledged so I don't see a defemation case.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more

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