Sustained findings since 2017

Ananya Tiwari filed this request with the Baltimore Police Department of Baltimore, MD.
Due Nov. 24, 2022
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Ananya Tiwari

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Under the Maryland Public Information Act Title 4, I am requesting copies of records related to cases of sustained findings of police misconduct at the Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) of the Baltimore Police, between 2017 and 2022. This includes, but is not limited to, documents, reports, multimedia, body-worn camera footage, arrest filings, and so on. It also includes all documents, notes, correspondence and memoranda evidencing sustained findings reports and investigations, and all communication and correspondence in whatever tangible medium between the officials, the victims and the overseeing agency.

I am requesting digital copies of all responsive documents.

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.

Here, misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

Excessive (unreasonable) force – beatings, manhandling of people in handcuffs, improper use of Tasers, injuries inflicted by police dogs, improper use of deadly force, and other police brutality or disregard for the safety of suspects. It also includes, but is not limited to: physical and verbal abuse, restraints happening unreasonably, coerced or forced confessions, and sexual abuse and assault.

False arrests – pulling over, detention, questioning and searches conducted without any probable cause whatsoever, including cases of planted evidence, racial profiling and trumped-up charges of resisting arrest.

In April 2021 the state’s House and Senate passed “Anton’s Law” which will expand access to police misconduct records and increase the use of body cameras in the state, where previously law enforcement investigations and misconduct records were sealed to the public in Maryland. The law, passed over the governor’s veto, also repealed the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights.

Now the public can get access to misconduct records.

This information is not being sought for commercial purposes.

The Maryland Public Information Act requires a response to this request within 30 days. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 415-769-8210 or ananyatiwarijournalism@gmail.com.

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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ananya Tiwari

From: Baltimore Police Department

Good Morning:

I forwarded your email to our Legal Team. They should be in contact with you soon.

Thank you

Ken Hurst
Document Compliance Coordinator
Office of Legal Affairs
410-637-8684

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