Boston Police Department & Anti-Olympic Activism

Jonathan Cohn filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
Due July 4, 2016
Est. Completion None
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From: Jonathan Cohn

To Whom It May Concern:

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

(1) Any records, electronic or written, that contain one or more of the following phrases: "No Boston 2024," "No Boston Olympics," and/or "Boston 2024.”

(2) Any records, electronic or written, from June 13, 2015, referencing the Boston Pride parade AND the terms “Boston 2024” and/or “Olympic(s)”

(3) Any and all records of communication between the BPD (including the Boston Regional Intelligence Center) and the FBI, DHS, or other federal agencies referencing the 2024 Olympics;

(4) Any and all electronic communication sent or received by Detective Andrew Creed containing the word "Olympics" or "2024"; and

(5) Intelligence reports for the following individuals: Jonathan Cohn, Robin Jacks, Cassie Hurd, Chip Goines, Reggie Mobley, Joel Fleming, Chris Hoeh, Heather Townsend, and Michelle Kweder.

Note that "electronic" records should include, but not be limited to, emails and text messages. Likewise, "written" records should include, but not be limited to, memoranda and police reports.

Note as well that this request should also be seen as applying to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Cohn

From: Media Relations

August 26, 2015

Jonathan Cohn
Muckrock

Dear Mr. Cohn:

Pursuant to G. L. c. 66, § 10 (b), this correspondence is to confirm

receipt of your request for documents that are potentially in the
possession, custody or control of the Boston Police Department.
Specifically, you have requested:

(1) Any records, electronic or written, that contain one or more of the
following phrases: "No Boston 2024," "No Boston Olympics," and/or "Boston
2024.”

(2) Any records, electronic or written, from June 13, 2015, referencing the
Boston Pride parade AND the terms “Boston 2024” and/or “Olympic(s)”

(3) Any and all records of communication between the BPD (including the
Boston Regional Intelligence Center) and the FBI, DHS, or other federal
agencies referencing the 2024 Olympics;

(4) Any and all electronic communication sent or received by Detective
Andrew Creed containing the word "Olympics" or "2024"; and

(5) Intelligence reports for the following individuals: Jonathan Cohn,
Robin Jacks, Cassie Hurd, Chip Goines, Reggie Mobley, Joel Fleming, Chris
Hoeh, Heather Townsend, and Michelle Kweder.

We will contact you as soon as possible with our findings, and will send

you a cost estimate for your requested materials if fulfilling the request
is expected to exceed $10.00, per 950 C.M.R. 32.06(1); 950 C.M.R. 32.03;
M.G.L. c 66 § 10(a).

Please be advised that we research each request in the order it was
received, and it may take longer than ten days to be fulfilled. If your
request requires a substantial amount of research, reviewing and redacting,
fulfilling the request will take a significant amount of time. Please plan
accordingly.

Thank you,

Office of Media Relations
Boston Police Department
617-343-3520
www.bpdnews.com

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 Aug. 26, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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 Aug. 26, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Media Relations

Jonathan,

Please see attached response to your requests and appeal.

Lt. McCarthy

From: Jonathan Cohn

Dear Lt. McCarthy,

Thank you for getting back to me.

The $0.20 per page copying fees should not be necessary. I do not need print-outs of any of these documents and would, in fact, not to have them and to have digital files instead. Likewise, I would like to confirm that the $50.34 is, in fact, no greater than the "hourly wage of the lowest paid employee who is capable of performing the task," as is required.

Regarding question (3) and question (4), please let me know what the cost would be for *digital files* for the 50 records. I could provide that for you shortly.

Regarding question (2), I just want to clarify that this search was conducted as the AND search that it was. In other words, the request was for records that referenced both [Pride] AND [Boston 2024 (and/or) Olympics]. Records that referenced Pride but did not reference Boston 2024 and/or the Olympics would, consequently, not be relevant.

Regarding question (5), I have evidence that such a report exists for at least one of the persons mentioned and would thus politely request that you search again.

Regarding question (1), I will get back to you soon.

Thanks again.

Jonathan Cohn
215-630-2633

From: Jonathan Cohn

Dear Lt. McCarthy,

I wanted to follow up with this email from two weeks ago. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Jonathan Cohn
215-630-2633

From: Jonathan Cohn

Dear Lt. McCarthy,

I wanted to follow up with my email from 1/29.

Thanks,
Jonathan
215-630-2633

From: Jonathan Cohn

Lt. Detective Michael McCarthy:

Earlier today, I mailed a check for $51.95 for the records pursuant to questions (3) and (4) in the attached request.

I will get back to you shortly with regard to questions (1) and (2).

Feel free to call me at 215-630-2633 with any questions.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jonathan Cohn

From: Jonathan Cohn

Dear Lt. McCarthy,

For narrowing criteria in (1), please replace "Boston 2024" with "anti-Olympic" and let me know what the new total is.

For (2), I want to confirm that the AND is being used when determining the results, i.e., only results that contain [PRIDE] AND [(Boston 2024 ) or (Olympics)].

Thank you again.

Best,
Jonathan
215-630-2633

From: Boston Police Department

From: Jonathan Cohn

Dear Lt. McCarthy,

Thank you for sending over the documents for (3) and (4). In several cases, there were attachments that were not redacted but not provided. Those were on pages 6, 7, 8 (second attachment), 78, 79, 80, 81, 89, 95, 98, 110, and 111 in the PDF of the documents uploaded here (https://www.muckrock.com/foi/boston-3/boston-police-department-anti-olympic-activism-20811/). I wanted to inquire about the possibility of obtaining those attachments as well.

Thank you for your time.

Best,
Jonathan
215-630-2633

From: Jonathan Cohn

Dear Lt. McCarthy,

Thank you for sending over the documents for (3) and (4). In several cases, there were attachments that were not redacted but not provided. Those were on pages 6, 7, 8 (second attachment), 78, 79, 80, 81, 89, 95, 98, 110, and 111 in the PDF of the documents uploaded here (https://www.muckrock.com/foi/boston-3/boston-police-department-anti-olympic-activism-20811/). I wanted to inquire about the possibility of obtaining those attachments as well.

Thank you for your time.

Best,
Jonathan

From: Media Relations

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