Firearms Discharge Summaries and Reports_BPD

Michael Owens filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
Tracking #

B001908-071422

Due July 27, 2022
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Michael Owens

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1. Electronic spreadsheets (e.g., Excel files) summarizing BPD Firearms Discharges for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. An example of the type of records I request is "FDIT 2010 Summary SM" available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qmzziyhqum6dkk3/FDIT%202010%20Summary%20SM%20%281%29.xlsx?dl=0.

2. All final reports issued by the BPD's Firearms Discharge Investigation Team for officer involved shootings by BPD officers for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. An example of the record I'm requesting is available here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1506236/boston-police-firearms-discharge-investigation.pdf.

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 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 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Owens

From: Boston Police Department

Dear Michael Owens
Thank you for your interest in public records of Boston Police Department. Your request has been received and is being processed. Your request was received in this office on 7/14/2022 10:17:55 PM and given the reference number B001908-071422 for tracking purposes.
If this is a media request, please contact the Office of Media Relations directly at 617.343.4520.
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1. Electronic spreadsheets (e.g., Excel files) summarizing BPD Firearms Discharges for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. An example of the type of records I request is "FDIT 2010 Summary SM" available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qmzziyhqum6dkk3/FDIT%202010%20Summary%20SM%20%281%29.xlsx?dl=0.

2. All final reports issued by the BPD's Firearms Discharge Investigation Team for officer involved shootings by BPD officers for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. An example of the record I'm requesting is available here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1506236/boston-police-firearms-discharge-investigation.pdf.

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 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 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Owens

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From: Boston Police Department

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Hi Michael
I reached out to our Homicide Unit to see if we have anything responsive.
I am leaving on vacation this afternoon and not back until the 26th. The second half of your request will be quite labor intensive.  I am also the only person assigned to public records and as you can imagine receive quite the number of requests on a daily basis. This will take me months to complete.  Please let me know if you would like to narrow down your request to something more manageable.
Thank you,
Martha

From: Michael Owens

Hello, Martha.
I thank you for responding.
Assuming BPD can fulfill my request for the electronic spreadsheets (e.g., Excel files) summarizing BPD Firearms Discharges for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 and the summaries contain what I'm looking for, I may not need the final reports, at least not in the short run.
Thank you.
Michael.

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