September 11 DACA March

William Buwalda filed this request with the Blacksburg Police Department of Blacksburg, VA.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: William Buwalda

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Documents that were created prior to or after, and directly related to the September 11 "DREAMers march for DACA" event that occurred at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Henderson Lawn and proceeded through campus on 9/11/2017. This request is directed at all:

-Pre-Action Planning documents
-Briefing notes/documents
-After-Action Reports
-Link Analysis
-Written Communication
-Story Boards

that were produced as a result of this specific event.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, as well as interested media outlets. This request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would first request that they be waived in an effort of transparency, but if unable 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

William Buwalda

From: Blacksburg Police Department

Mr. Buwalda,

Lt. John Goad and I will be back in touch with you next week with more details, but I wanted to give you heads up that there are not likely to many responsive records with regard to your request for the September 11 "DREAMers march for DACA" event that occurred at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Henderson Lawn and proceeded through campus on 9/11/2017."

This was a relatively small event (approximately 100 attendees) that was conducted primarily on the Virginia Tech campus (Virginia Tech has its own police department). The march did go off campus, onto College Avenue and there were a small number of Blacksburg police present, but the marchers then returned to campus.

Larry Spencer
Blacksburg Town Attorney
300 S. Main
Blacksburg, VA 24060

(540) 443-1016

From: William Buwalda

Thank you for your quick response.

I look forward to what documents you all are able to provide.

Respectfully,
William Buwalda

From: Blacksburg Police Department

Mr. Buwalda,

As to your FOIA request dated December 15, 2017 regarding the September 11 "DREAMers march for DACA,"
there are no responsive records for the following requested items:

-Pre-Action Planning documents
-Briefing notes/documents
-After-Action Reports
-Link Analysis
-Written Communication
-Story Boards
This event was an event planned on the campus of Virginia Tech. The staging point was just off campus in the Town of Blacksburg. However, the march then moved back onto campus. This was a fairly small event and the event was coordinated by oral commands through the chain of command. It was not a large enough event to generate the type of records you requested.
As a note, had there been responsive records for this request, we believe that some or all would have been exempt under Virginia Code § 2.2-3705.2 (Paragraph 14).

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John A. Goad
Community Relations Lieutenant
Blacksburg Police Department
200 Clay Street S.W.
Blacksburg VA. 24060
Phone:540-961-1150
Fax: 540-552-8456

From: William Buwalda

Mr. Goad,

During the March's presence on Henderson Lawn, there were 2-3 individuals located on the roof of the building across from College Street and Henderson Lawn.

These individuals had a camera and were perceived by multiple individuals as to being Law Enforcement Officers, collecting video surveillance of the event.

If these were not Blacksburg PD, could you inform me as to which LE Agency they belonged to and what their relationship were to Blacksburg PD?

Respectfully,
William Buwalda

From: Blacksburg Police Department

Mr. Buwalda,

This email is in response to your follow-up request to the September 11, 2017 "DREAMers march for DACA". My response to your first request still applies to the follow-up questions.

"This event was an event planned on the campus of Virginia Tech. The staging point was just off campus in the Town of Blacksburg. However, the march then moved back onto campus. This was a fairly small event and the event was coordinated by oral commands through the chain of command. It was not a large enough event to generate the type of records you requested.
As a note, had there been responsive records for this request, we believe that some or all would have been exempt under Virginia Code § 2.2-3705.2 (Paragraph 14)."

Blacksburg Police Department
FOIA Office
200 Clay Street Southwest
Blacksburg, VA 24060

December 21, 2017

This is a follow up to a previous request:

Mr. Goad,

During the March's presence on Henderson Lawn, there were 2-3 individuals located on the roof of the building across from College Street and Henderson Lawn.

These individuals had a camera and were perceived by multiple individuals as to being Law Enforcement Officers, collecting video surveillance of the event.

If these were not Blacksburg PD, could you inform me as to which LE Agency they belonged to and what their relationship were to Blacksburg PD?

Respectfully,
William Buwalda

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John A. Goad
Community Relations Lieutenant
Blacksburg Police Department
200 Clay Street S.W.
Blacksburg VA. 24060
Phone:540-961-1150
Fax: 540-552-8456

From: William Buwalda

Thank you.

I understand that there exist no records that are responsive to my request, and that some of those that could exist, would be exempt.

However, my follow up to this rejection, would be the identity of only the Law Enforcement Agency that occupied the rooftops of the businesses across from Henderson Lawn on Private Property. Since this was off of Virginia Tech's campus, would the town not have been coordinating with the agency that had their officers stationed on the rooftop of a private building?

I am requesting no documents in regard to these individuals, but simply would like to know what LE Agency they belonged too. The identity of the responsible agency would not be in violation of Virginia Code § 2.2-3705.2 (Paragraph 14), as it does not "jeopardize the safety or security of any person; governmental facility, building, or structure or persons using such facility," to make available to the public, the Law Enforcement Agency that occupied that position.

Respectfully,
William Buwalda

Respectfully,
William Buwalda

From: Blacksburg Police Department

Mr. Buwalda,

I have answered all of your FOIA requests within the proper timeframe. Continuing to ask the same questions about the same request does not change the fact that the request has already been answered.

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John A. Goad
Community Relations Lieutenant
Blacksburg Police Department
200 Clay Street S.W.
Blacksburg VA. 24060
Phone:540-961-1150
Fax: 540-552-8456

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