Thursday, April 24, 2014

FOI Request

Boston Police Department Buzzient Reports

Requested by morisy on April 25, 2013 for the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA and fufilled on May 28, 2013

Status: No Responsive Documents

From Michael Morisy on April 25, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of reports generated by Buzzient for or by the Boston Police Department. At least some of these reports have been reported on publicly, including in the following article on

>“We built Buzzient with the belief that we would have both commercial as well as government clients,” he told me. After the London riots, he said the Boston Police Department reached out, and Buzzient began providing free services and social reports.

> He said that the BPD has used the tools and reports to gather information on flashmobs, which often use social channels to organize.

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, 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.


Michael Morisy

From Estrada, David to Michael Morisy on May 1, 2013:

Please see the attachment.

2013 FIOA #37 Micheal Morisy Muckrock Request Acknowledged
2013 FIOA #37 Micheal Morisy Muckrock Request Acknowledged
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From to Boston Police Department on May 16, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 25, 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 to Michael Morisy on May 28, 2013:

May 28, 2013

Michael Morisy

Re: Public Records Request

Dear Mr. Morisy,

You have requested documents in the possession, custody or control of the Boston Police Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, you requested: A copy of reports generated by Buzzient for or by the Boston Police Department.

In response to your request, a comprehensive search of records was performed and the Department does not have any documents in its possession, custody or control that are responsive to your request.

Please be advised that this office does not provide legal assistance, opinions or explanations about police policy to the public, and will not respond to any such request. If you have been denied records by the Boston Police Department, you have the right to appeal this decision with the Supervisor of Public Records at the Public Records Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Should you have any questions or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact this office.


Cheryl Fiandaca
Bureau of Public Information
Boston Police Department

2013-FOIA #37 Michael Morisy-Muckrock-Response
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