Boston Police Department use of force reports, July 2015 thru December 2016

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
Due Feb. 6, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All use of force reports completed by BPD officers between July 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016. 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 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 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Media Relations


I hope this email finds you well. For this request the BPD does not have a
standard "Use of Force Report" that is filed by officers. The use of force
functionality in our RMS system is not used. When officers use force as
defined by rule (303, 303A, 303B, & 304 all attached) they would normally
generate a Form 26 report. Those types of reports are not kept in any
central depository. There is possibly the ability to search every police
report for the time frame given and review but that would likely produce a
huge number of reports and not very accurate results. I am checking to see
if there is a way for us to locate the reports and will let you know.

Lt McCarthy

From: Shawn Musgrave

Lt. McCarthy -

Thank you for responding.

I see in the Rule 304 you attached that there is a Use of Force Tracking Form (0027-BFS-1106). Is this form still in use, and are these centrally deposited?

For discharge of CEWs and firearms, it appears that the Firearm Discharge Investigation Team conducts an investigation, and for firearm discharges, at least, a BPD Form 2415 is completed. Are these centrally deposited?

Thank you for your help,

From: Media Relations


When you have a minute can you contact my office. I'm looking for some
clarification on these.

Mike M

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Mike -

Sorry, I missed this yesterday. When's a good time to touch base?


From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.