6 Boston Police Cocaine Use: Released and Reinstated

George LeVines filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.


From: George LeVines

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

Any documents, communications, test results and memos relating to Richard Beckers, Ronnie Jones, Jacqueline McGowan, Shawn Harris, Walter Washington and George Downing and their use of illegal substances especially cocaine.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.


George LeVines

From: Estrada, David

Please see the attachment.

From: Estrada, David

Dear Mr. LeVines,

Your request was sent to the BPD legal department and the cost of the documents requested is estimated over $1,000. The legal department said that the information you're looking for is contained in the 134 page decision from the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission. Please let us know if you'd like us to proceed or you are going to obtain the info from the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission.

Thank you,

Bureau of Public Information
Boston Police Department

From: George LeVines

The Mass Civil Service Commission documents will suit my purposes just fine.


Out of curiosity how does BPD figure more than $1,000?

It seems like if ALL the information is in the court decision and that document is only 100 some odd pages than processing fees in excess of $1,000 are a little steep.

Those number just don't seem to add up.

Thanks in advance for your response,


From: Estrada, David

The documents are not in the possession of the BPD as outside council was used in this case. Therefore, the law firm will charge at their (much higher) rates.

From: Boston Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Boston Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 7, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Estrada, David