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Kingsport denies newspaper's records request in alderman's arrest

June 25th, 2013 3:44 pm by Rain Smith, NET News Service

Kingsport denies newspaper's records request in alderman's arrest

Booking photo of Jantry Shupe

KINGSPORT — Kingsport officials have denied a public records request for all audio and video records related to the June 2 arrest of a city alderman.

Jantry Shupe, 38, was charged with driving under the influence after reportedly refusing to move over for Kingsport officers responding to another call. Shupe was eventually stopped and allegedly pulled from his car for being uncooperative — claiming he was "set up" to police while asking, "Don't you know who I am?"

On June 13 the Kingsport Times-News filed a request with the city for any audio and video records that exist of the incident, including central dispatch calls and scanner traffic. A denial letter was received Thursday from the Kingsport Clerk's Office and City Attorney Mike Billingsley, stating the records are, "deemed confidential."

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