Cap-Journal Drops Lawsuit over Chopper Crash

The Topeka Capital-Journal will be dropping its lawsuit against the Topeka Police Department.

The paper had filed suit to get TPD to release the name of a civilian observer in the police helicopter that crashed on Washburn University's campus late April 4th.

Capital-Journal Managing Editor Wayne Stewart says the issue focused on not only open records, but the public's right to know. He says sueing is a last resort, but the paper felt there was reason to get the information out.

The observer is identified as Gregory Mitchell. Police say they released the name because the Federal Aviation Administration didn't need it for their investigation. Police say Mitchell signed a waiver to observe, much like anyone 18-and-older could before the program was grounded after the crash.

The paper says Mitchell is related to one of the officers on board, Darren Campbell, though police would not confirm that. The other officer on board was Bill Wempe.

No one was hurt in the incident. The FAA and NTSB continue their investigation into what caused it.


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