Search Warrant Data (Atlanta Police Department)

Lucy Parsons Labs filed this request with the Atlanta Police Department of Atlanta, GA.
Multi Request Search Warrant Data
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

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From: Lucy Parsons Labs


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

For all search warrants, applications for search warrants, cancellations, and authorization for search warrants between 2012 to the date of processing this request, please provide the following points of record for each:

Full Name of requester
If arrest, arrest ID (eg some cities/states use, "Incident Report")
Reason(s) for search warrant (typically either hand-written, or checkboxes)
Badge ID (or similar) of requester
District/Unit
Name of Judge
Name of approving officer
Whether an Arrest happened
Requested location of search warrant
Location of search warrant execution
Type of search warrant
Statements used to justify search warrant
Time and date when search warrant was submitted for approval
Time and date when search warrant was executed
Whether anything was seized
Whether anything was found
License plate of vehicle (if relevant)
Race of person for search warrant
Age of person for search warrant
State of person for search warrant
Whether an informant was involved
Method of contact with informant leading to search warrant (eg, phone call, mail, fax, email, etc)
Description of person search warrant executed on
Legal code of violation
Description of violation
Date of violation
If search warrant related to debt: name of company debt is owed to, amount owed
Whether FBI involved
ID associated with FBI document (eg, IR #)
Whether search warrant was cancelled
Whether contraband found
Whether narcotics found

The records responsive to this request are likely available in a database, or in some query-able format. If your department or agency does not have direct access to the records, please raise to the respective department that can run queries directly (eg, through SQL).

Should your agency not have all of the requested records within a single record or document, please provide me the relevant documents that do, even if that requires more than one class of document. Should some of the records be unavailable, please let me know ahead of time so that we can narrow the request accordingly.

As the records responsive to this request are imperative for understanding how search warrants are executed, I ask that the public interest of these records be evaluated to the extent that the public's interest outweighs this request's burden. To add, this request is being sent to the largest city of every state and will be collated together to create a comprehensive map of search warrants throughout the US. As such, the records are not only important for understanding search warrants at a local level, but also at a national and state-wide level.

Please ensure that provided documents comply with Section 508, as these records will be shared with members of the public who are covered under the ADA. This guide should be helpful: https://www.hhs.gov/web/section-508/making-files-accessible/checklist/pdf/index.html

If this request was sent to the wrong department or agency, please let me know so that I can send to the correct place.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Lucy Parsons Labs

From: Atlanta Police Department

Good Afternoon, Lucy.

We received your request and will follow up with you soon.

Thank You.

Officer Anthony W. Grant
Public Affairs | Atlanta Police Department
226 Peachtree St. SW | Atlanta, GA 30303
Contact: office: 404-546-7237 City cell: 404-308-2133
awgrant@atlantaga.gov

From: Atlanta Police Department

Lucy-

Officers and Investigators apply for warrants through the Fulton County Court Systems. They are the proper custodians of these documents and should be able to fulfill this request. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me. My contact information is in the signature line below.

Thank you,

Investigator James H. White III
Atlanta Police Department
Public Affairs Unit
226 Peachtree St. SW Atlanta, GA 30303
Office: (404) 546-6963
Cell: (404) 803-9710
E-Fax: (404) 979-8273
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From: Lucy Parsons Labs

Thank you!

From: Atlanta Police Department

Lucy—

I see below where we directed you to the Fulton County Clerk of Courts on November 18, 2019 and you replied “thank you.” This is still the proper place to seek the requested information. Let me know if you have further questions.

Thank you,

Investigator James H. White III
Atlanta Police Department
Public Affairs Unit
226 Peachtree St. SW Atlanta, GA 30303
Office: (404) 546-6963
Cell: (404) 803-9710
E-Fax: (404) 979-8273

From: Lucy Parsons Labs

Thanks, I'm a little confused, though. Are you working on providing me the requested records, or should I reach out to the county directly with a new request?

From: Atlanta Police Department

Good evening,

Yes, you can reach out to the Fulton County Court Systems for the documents that you are looking for.

Senior Police Officer TaSheena Brown
Public Affairs Unit | Atlanta Police Department
226 Peachtree St. SW | Atlanta, GA 30303
desk: 404.546.7239 | city cell: 404.416.9128
tasb<mailto:jdaugherty@atlantaga.gov>rown@atlantaga.gov

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From: Lucy Parsons Labs

You're giving me conflicting answers. "Yes" doesn't answer my question given the exclusive"or" in my previous message.... Which one is it:

Is this request open, and being managed by your agency and there's no need for me to do anything?
or....
Is this request effectively closed, and I need to submit a new request to Fulton County Court Systems?

From: Atlanta Police Department

We wouldn’t direct you to someone else, but then work to obtain the records for you. Yes, you need to reach out to the proper agency, who is the custodian of these records, and obtain them there.

Sergeant John Chafee
Public Affairs Unit
Atlanta Police Department
226 Peachtree St. SW | Atlanta, GA 30303
ph: 404-546-4280<tel:404-546-4280> | cell: 404-550-8992<tel:404-550-8992>
http://www.atlantapd.org<http://www.atlantapd.org/> | jchafee@atlantaga.gov<mailto:jchafee@atlantaga.gov>
Preferred method of contact: EMAIL

From: Lucy Parsons Labs

Thank you. FWIW, I've had agencies direct me elsewhere and then create requests on my behalf without my asking. Just wanted to make sure that wasn't the case here.

From: Atlanta Police Department

I can only imagine having the kind of time to be able to work an open records request for another agency. We stay plenty busy with our own here.

Sergeant John Chafee
Public Affairs Unit
Atlanta Police Department
226 Peachtree St. SW | Atlanta, GA 30303
ph: 404-546-4280<tel:404-546-4280> | cell: 404-550-8992<tel:404-550-8992>
http://www.atlantapd.org<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.atlantapd.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7CJChafee%40AtlantaGa.Gov%7Cd3e68370a7bb4a95b31208d677e8b464%7C031a550af1f34b629c643ef02c7798a5%7C0%7C0%7C636828238664352066&sdata=NrprHeRxp4HJFGTQ5ep7ZsKbwKsWqVu2MsSN%2Ffs06aU%3D&reserved=0> | jchafee@atlantaga.gov<mailto:jchafee@atlantaga.gov>

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