FOIA Requests - BPD and Schools

Matthew Kautz filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
Tracking #

B001450-091520

Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

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From: Matthew Kautz


To Whom It May Concern:

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

+ Police records regarding responses to the student protests at English High School in 1968 and 1970
+ Arrest statistics broken down by race in an around Boston Public Schools from 1974 to 1985, including, if possible, the reason for arrests.
+ Complaints filed against officers for their conduct at Boston Public Schools from 1968 to 1980

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,

Matthew Kautz

From: Boston Police Department

Dear Matthew Kautz
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 9/15/2020 9:54:37 PM and given the reference number B001450-091520 for tracking purposes.
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To Whom It May Concern:

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

+ Police records regarding responses to the student protests at English High School in 1968 and 1970
+ Arrest statistics broken down by race in an around Boston Public Schools from 1974 to 1985, including, if possible, the reason for arrests.
+ Complaints filed against officers for their conduct at Boston Public Schools from 1968 to 1980

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,

Matthew Kautz

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From: Boston Police Department

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Hi Matthew, I am checking with our Internal Affairs Unit to see if you have provided enough information to conduct a search and will get back to you.  Old incident reports are stored on microfilm but we need a certain date and address to look them up.  "near a school" is not enough information for us to search. What was suggested as helpful, by our Archivist: 1. Look at newspapers from the time (free to search online through Boston Public Library at www.bpl.org) and identify names, dates, and locations, which could yield enough information to search for incident report. (https://u8387778.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=bQH7YI59fmjg-2BFK-2B4CL7ZGeB-2FoylSWi9NJ5-2FAFV-2B2Hw-3Dow1K_MdneJSGJ3vlb0o8lHrsQIh3zQ4EOVJkUkcbPhOFrJdlUWf6LpYbIM84JlQ9OXlRXE3VAtHWeORzvpU0Eafc7QxgLNtPRTYejOAeBNGfucwM5LhiwqYLRrXnWL1dq6uNdTUlEfAGBPjdTXoxjFP-2FgsUtNrXP9Ykybu-2BC2omkkaLrEkemPDGWYLD27AfHd8l9L2n3WvWwrzY7Kqn7vJIkTLiPBJiKPS7sSVaemKBls0p9kELJjhyaYvM-2BGlr6PeIKvYnMMqUJgVfJSh8a6DrAvCYwwvdvJT-2B9ZkJwlY2B0hpWNGBrXUlMAugbPKPsQlLQIbUvT2fG-2FftWfT6IQ1Q4WuDmFshyBExzzsQmiU4Hx5RSXT9XTabZaAc8AzQXW-2FNZSTodVUw7SeAxMQvAei2D22w-3D-3D) 2) From 1974 onward, voluminous records were kept by the U.S. District Court on the school desegregation case, and also related records of Department of Justice, which tracked violence and discipline at various schools.  You would want to reach out to the, Director of the DOJ's Community Relations Service. Once I hear back from IAD, I will touch base. If you'd like for us to search our microfilm, I will need more information. Thank you.

From: Boston Police Department

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Matthew,
I just heard back from IAD and they do not have records from 1970's to 1980's. If you'd like for us to search microfilm, I will need more information. Please review my previous email.  I am going to close out this request as no records responsive, however if at anytime you would like to resubmit a new request for a search of microfilm, please let us know.
Thanks

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