Communications relating to BPD Request

Alex Richardson filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.


From: Alex Richardson

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 communications between the Boston Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Communications Commission, the Harris Corporation and/or Boeing created in regards to my previous request dated Feb. 10, 2015 for the documents listed below. Such documents include but are not limited to instructions not to release information.

Previously requested documents:
A copy of all agreements, contracts, memos or emails between the Boston Police Department and the Harris Corporation.
A copy of all agreements, contracts, memos or emails between the Boston Police Department and the Boeing company.
A copy of all meeting minutes for meetings pertaining to cell site simulators, IMSI catchers, "Stingray" devices, "DRTBox" devices or "KingFish" devices.
A copy of all letters, agreements or other documents containing guidelines or instructions for responding to FOIA requests or equivalent state or local law pertaining to the Harris Corporation, Boeing, cell site simulators, IMSI catchers, "Stingray" devices, "DRTBox" devices or "KingFish" devices.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Alex Richardson


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 17, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Media Relations

Dear Mr. Richardson,

You have requested documents in the possession, custody or control of the
Boston Police Department under the Massachusetts Public Records Request Act
(M.G.L. c. 66, § 10). Specifically, you requested information relating to
the Harris Corporation and Boeing.

The information you have requested is exempt from disclosure by MGL c. 4 s.
7(26)(f) and (n). Disclosure of the information contained in these
documents would not be in the public interest and would prejudice the
possibility of effective law enforcement. More specifically, the protection
of such investigatory materials and reports is essential to ensure that the
Department can continue to effectively monitor and control criminal
activity and thus protect the safety of private citizens.

For these reasons, the Department is denying your public records 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.

Nicole I. Taub, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney
Office of the Legal Advisor
Boston Police Department
One Schroeder Plaza
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 343-4550


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