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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- An August hearing is set on whether the city of Bluefield should release records of a civilian police review board's work.

The Charleston Gazette reports that attorney Ed Hill requested the records last September. Hill says he doesn't believe the city has complied with its agreement to establish the board to review police misconduct allegations.

The agreement is part of $1 million settlement of a lawsuit filed in 1998 by the late Robert Ellison.

Hill represented Ellison, a black man who alleged that he was beaten by two white Bluefield police officers. Ellison was left paralyzed and died in 2002.

After Hill requested the records, an attorney for the city asked a federal judge to clarify the agreement, which says information obtained by the panel is confidential.

 

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