Boston Police Department use of force reports, Jan 2000 to July 2015

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
Tracking # 17-139
Due Sept. 6, 2015
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All use of force reports completed by BPD officers between January 1, 2000 and July 31, 2015. Please include reports for both lethal and non-lethal use of force.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Media Relations

August 28, 2015

Shawn Musgrave
Muckrock

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

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:

All use of force reports completed by BPD officers between January 1, 2000
and July 31, 2015. Please include reports for both lethal and non-lethal
use of force.

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. 27, 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: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Please advise as to the status of this request. If I do not receive a response, I shall appeal to the Supervisor's office for constructive denial of this request.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave

From: Mike McCarthy

I will be out of the office until Monday June 13th.  If your request is time sensitive please contact 617-343-4520.
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Lieutenant Detective Michael P. McCarthy
Director, Office of Media Relations
617-343-5412 (o)
617-593-4455 (c)

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern -

The Boston Police Department has failed to respond to this request for more than a year. I hereby ask that the Supervisor of Records direct the department to comply with its obligations under the Public Records Law, namely to conduct a good faith search and provide responsive documents.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave

From: Sullivan, Kellie (SEC)

Good afternoon Mr. Musgrave,

Thank you, received and acknowledged.

Kellie Sullivan
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Public Records Division
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
617-727-2832

From: Sullivan, Kellie (SEC)

Good afternoon Mr. Musgrave,

Please find attached this office's letter of acknowledgement opening your appeal with the Boston Police Department.

Thank you,

Kellie Sullivan
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Public Records Division
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
617-727-2832

From: Sullivan, Kellie (SEC)

Good afternoon Mr. Musgrave,

Please find attached this office's letter of determination in the matter of your appeals with the Boston Police Department, numbered SPR 17/138, SPR 17/139, and SPR 17/140.

Thank you,

Kellie Sullivan
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Public Records Division
One Ashburton Place, Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
617-727-2832

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