"'Operational Security’ rather than Accountability
One fact not adequately understood by the public is that even geographically local police departments are not locally accountable. Police chiefs are not elected officials; they are appointed by the municipal corporation that employs them. Police departments describe themselves as public agencies for the purpose of ‘qualified immunity.’ However, as the recent ACLU report on police militarization revealed, an increasing number of police agencies are claiming to be ‘private corporations’ exempt from open records laws. "
(Via.) Pro Libertate