Friday, April 18, 2014
 

FOI Request

Boston Police Social Media Account Transcripts & Guides

Requested by morisy on March 29, 2013 for the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA and fufilled on Oct. 7, 2013

Status: Partially Completed


From Michael Morisy on March 29, 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:

Copies of tweets, posts, and other content generated by the Boston Police Department using unofficial social media accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instragram, Forums, Bulletin Boards, Friendster, MySpace, and other social network

Any guides, memos, or written or electronic guidance on using social media accounts for investigative purposes.

I am not interested in posts from the following official accounts:

https://twitter.com/Boston_Police
https://plus.google.com/103039731569177117045/posts
https://plus.google.com/109846431012195750523/posts

The existence of these accounts was reported by Slate in the following article:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2013/03/boston_police_catfishing_indie_rockers_cops_pose_as_punks_on_the_internet.html

One such username was reported to be “Boston Punk Zombie,” possibly registered with the account bostonbeatgang@gmail.com.

I also request all emails sent and received to the address bostonbeatgang@gmail.com over the past 2 months if it is indeed a Boston Police Department controlled address, as well as the first 10 emails sent and received by this account after it was created.

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 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

 
From Michael Morisy to Boston Police Department on April 8, 2013:

Thanks for your time on the phone just now. Here's the request I submitted.

- Michael

 
From Michael Morisy to Boston Police Department on April 9, 2013:

Hi,

Just spoke on the phone with media relations, and they asked me to send another email for follow up.

Thanks! Looking forward to a response in two days, the statutory deadline.

- Michael

 
From Estrada, David to Michael Morisy on April 9, 2013:

Please see the attachment.

2013 FIOA #26 Micheal Morisy Muckrock Request Acknowledged
2013 FIOA #26 Micheal Morisy Muckrock Request Acknowledged
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From Michael Morisy to Boston Police Department on April 10, 2013:

Hello,

The document failed to open. Could you please resend?

Thank you.

 
From Estrada, David to Michael Morisy on April 11, 2013:

Sending again in two different formats.

2013 FIOA #26 Micheal Morisy Muckrock Request Acknowledged
2013 FIOA #26 Micheal Morisy Muckrock Request Acknowledged
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2013 FIOA #26 Micheal Morisy Muckrock Request Acknowledged
2013 FIOA #26 Micheal Morisy Muckrock Request Acknowledged
View | Download
 
From Michael Morisy to Boston Police Department on April 12, 2013:

Thank you, the files opened this time.

 
From MuckRock.com to Boston Police Department on May 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 29, 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 MuckRock.com to Boston Police Department on May 30, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 29, 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 MuckRock.com to Boston Police Department on June 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 29, 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 MuckRock.com to Boston Police Department on June 29, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 29, 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 MuckRock.com to Boston Police Department on July 14, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 29, 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 Michael Morisy to Boston Police Department on July 19, 2013:

Hi,

Thanks for your time on the phone. I just wanted to follow up on this request, as you suggested, via email.

Best,
Michael

 
From Michael Morisy to Boston Police Department on July 26, 2013:

Hi,

I would like to appeal the following request, originally submitted March 29, 2013, acknowledged April 9, 2013, and to which I have not yet received any responsive documents despite repeated assurances that the documents were being compiled.

Now more than 3 months over due, I ask that this office consider the lack of responsive documents a "constructive denial," and ask them to begin turning over processed documents immediately and to provide a timeline for the release of other responsive documents.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

 
From Estrada, David to Michael Morisy on Oct. 7, 2013:

October 7, 2013

Michael Morisy
Muckrock

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:

Copies of tweets, posts, and other content generated by the Boston Police Department using unofficial social media accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instragram, Forums, Bulletin Boards, Friendster, MySpace, and other social network

Any guides, memos, or written or electronic guidance on using social media accounts for investigative purposes.

I am not interested in posts from the following official accounts:

https://twitter.com/Boston_Police
https://plus.google.com/103039731569177117045/posts
https://plus.google.com/109846431012195750523/posts

The existence of these accounts was reported by Slate in the following article:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2013/03/boston_police_catfishing_indie_rockers_cops_pose_as_punks_on_the_internet.html

One such username was reported to be "Boston Punk Zombie," possibly registered with the account bostonbeatgang@gmail.com.

I also request all emails sent and received to the address bostonbeatgang@gmail.com over the past 2 months if it is indeed a Boston Police Department controlled address, as well as the first 10 emails sent and received by this account after it was created.

In response to your request, the documents in the Boston Police Department's possession, custody or control that are responsive to your request are attached.

2013 FOIA #26 Michael Morisy Muckrock
2013 FOIA #26 Michael Morisy Muckrock
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2013-FOIA #26 Michael Morisy-Muckrock-Response
2013-FOIA #26 Michael Morisy-Muckrock-Response
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From Michael Morisy to Boston Police Department on Oct. 8, 2013:

Hi,

Just to confirm, this response is stating that none of the other requested documents exist?

If they do exist and the BPD is denying their release, please let me know under which statutes.

Thanks for your timely response!

- Michael

 
From Estrada, David to Michael Morisy on Oct. 9, 2013:

Hi Michael,

Correct, the other requested documents do not exist.

Thank you

 
From MuckRock.com to Boston Police Department on Oct. 24, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 29, 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 MuckRock.com to Boston Police Department on Nov. 8, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 29, 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 MuckRock.com to Boston Police Department on Nov. 23, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 29, 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 MuckRock.com to Boston Police Department on Dec. 8, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 29, 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 MuckRock.com to Boston Police Department on Dec. 23, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 29, 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 MuckRock.com to Boston Police Department on Jan. 7, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 29, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
  • 2013 FIOA #26 Micheal Morisy Muckrock Request Acknowledged
  • 2013 FIOA #26 Micheal Morisy Muckrock Request Acknowledged
  • 2013 FIOA #26 Micheal Morisy Muckrock Request Acknowledged
  • 2013 FOIA #26 Michael Morisy Muckrock
  • 2013-FOIA #26 Michael Morisy-Muckrock-Response
 
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