Police data collection project (Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office of Bexar County, TX .
Multi Request Police data collection project
Due July 17, 2020
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. the total number of use of force incidents, separated by year and by type of force used from 2016-2019 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2016, 3 baton incidents in 2017, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2017, 4 complaints in 2018, 1 complaint sustained in 2019, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2019, separated by year
4. the total number of civilian complaints alleging biased policing or racial profiling that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2019, separated by year

Note that my requests for civilian complaints are specifically for civilian complaints alleging police misconduct, please do not include complaints filed by one officer/the department against another officer.

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 business days, as the statute requires.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Bexar County Sheriff's Office

Good afternoon,

I am in the process of working your request, specifically in the process of compiling and tabulating all available data as requested. Since the request is of very broad nature, and in an effort to get the most accurate data, our staff might require more time in fulfilling your request. I also need a clarification as regards the term 'civilian' complaints. Does that mean complaints where civilians were the victims or civilians acting as third party complainants on behalf of alleged victims.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sgt.Abraham Abraham #4540
Open Records Specialist
Legal Liaison
Bexar County Sheriff's Office

From: Samuel Sinyangwe

Hi, to clarify, by “civilian” complaints I mean all complaints by civilians that allege police excessive force or other forms of police misconduct.



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