STATE SENATOR WANTS RICKETTS, AG TO TURN OVER DOCUMENTS RELATED TO STATE PATROL PROBLEMS

State Senator Laura Ebke has formally requested that the Governor and Attorney General turn over public documents relating to problems at the Nebraska State Patrol. Ebke made the requests under the state's public records law. The request seeks information related to Rickett's June 30th decision to fire the agency's superintendent and place 6 of its officers on paid administrative leave. Ebke has said that the intent of her request is to help law makers decide whether legislation related to the patrol should be introduced. "I don't think any of us wants to go down the path of an investigative committee if we don't have to," Ebke said. "I'm not saying we won't end up there." The request focuses on the handling of a complaint of a female trooper alleging sexual assault by the patrol's contracted physician, the patrol's internal investigation of a trooper who struck an unarmed drunk driver in the head with the butt of his rifle, and an internal investigation in a high speed chase that ended in the death of the fleeing driver.