He’s not releasing any details, but Calvin Christian III wouldn’t confirm or deny that a settlement is in the works regarding the city’s police document shredding scandal, but he knows how he would use the money he makes from it.
The issue came to light after Christian filed FOIA requests for police internal affairs files, one of which included the 2008 Missouri arrest of now Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher. The city’s then-police chief, Robert Williams, then changed the rules to allow internal files to be shredded after four years instead of five — he did so with an active FOIA request pending. The Buscher file was more than four years old.
Christian says if possible settlement offer is made and accepted, he would use the proceeds to fund projects “concerning city transparency” to include Springfield’s tow and noise ordinances. He would also use the money to pay for outstanding traffic tickets.
Christian had previously said he wouldn’t accept any settlement unless it included the information he wanted.
To listen to our brief conversation with Christian, click play on the audio link below.