August 19, 2017 - Boston rally footage

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
Tracking # 2
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

Absolutely any and all footage taken by any and all representatives of this department on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Please include any audio and video materials captured via handheld cameras, cell phones, body cameras, audio recorders, or any other equipment utilized to record documentary materials, as well as all photographs.

Please do not limit materials to those obtained at Boston Common, but rather include all other footage captured by City officers, or on behalf of City officers, including that gathered as part of marches or demonstrations elsewhere in Boston.

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 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.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Media Relations

23 August 2017

via email
requests@muckrock.com
Re: August 21, 2017 Public Records Request #B000505-082317

Dear Mr.Lipton,

The Boston Police Department (BPD) received your August 21, 2017 request
for public records. This letter shall act as the response to your request
for public records. A response to a public records request must be
provided within ten (10) business days from the business day a written
request was received. G. L. c. 66, § 10 (a); 950 CMR 32.06(2)(b). It is
expected that all public records responsive to a request will be provided
within twenty-five business days from the business day a written request
was received. G. L. c. 66, § 10(b)(vi); 950 CMR 32.06(2)(i). This
response applies only to records that exist and are in the custody of the
BPD. See A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, p. 32, n.115.
It is expected that a custodian of records must use her superior knowledge
of her records with respect to responses to public records requests. 950
CMR 32.04(5).

Specifically, you requested: Absolutely any and all footage taken by any
and all representatives of this department on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Pursuant to the Massachusetts law a municipal records custodian is
permitted to assess fees for the provision of public records. G. L. c. 66,
§ 10 (d); 950 CMR 32.07. There is a presumption under the Massachusetts
Public Records Law that government records are public; however, government
records custodians are permitted to redact or withhold portions of public
records. See G. L. c. 4, § 7 (26).

After a determination regarding the existence of any public records the BPD
will provide a supplemental response to your request. Any exemptions to
the Public Records Law that apply to permit or require redaction or
withholding will be described at that time, along with any applicable fees.

Under Massachusetts law you may appeal this response to the Supervisor of
Records in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. G. L. c. 66, §
10A; 950 CMR 32.08. If you have any questions or concerns, please call
617.343.4520.

Respectfully,
Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy
Director, Media Relations

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Lieutenant Detective McCarthy,

Thanks so much for your note. I hope you've had a lovely summer, and please let me know if there's anything you'll need from this end.

Best,
Beryl

From: Media Relations

Re: August 21, 2017 Public Records Request #B000505-082317

Dear Mr.Lipton,

The Boston Police Department (BPD) received your August 21, 2017 request
for public records. On October 13, 2017 all responsive footage was been
mailed to:

MuckRock
DEPT MR 42307
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Under Massachusetts law you may appeal this response to the Supervisor of
Records in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. G. L. c. 66, §
10A; 950 CMR 32.08. If you have any questions or concerns, please call
617.343.4520.

Respectfully,
Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy
Director, Media Relations

From: Boston Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Boston Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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