House Republican Leader Larry Cafero is calling on state police to brief legislative leaders on the details of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school.
Such information is crucial as lawmakers craft new policies on gun-control, mental health and school security in response to the massacre, he said.
“We are making decisions based on the best information we have in front of us,’’ Cafero said in a statement. “One of the major concerns that I believe many of us had from the outset was that we would be putting this legislation together without ever having seen the police report on what took place. That is a huge issue.’’
Cafero noted that news leaks about the shooting have been dribbling out, most recently in a New York Daily New column.
Cafero said state police Col. Danny R. Stebbins has an obligation to share details that he provided at a public safety conference New Orleans. Some of those details wound up in the Daily News.
“As legislative leaders who are working every day to come forth with legislation I believe the state police are now obligated to brief us, given that much of what was exchanged at the New Orleans conference wound up in the press,’’ Cafero said. “We don’t have the benefit of potentially critical information that was obtained somehow by the media.’’
State police have said the details revealed by Stebbins were not intended for publication.