Free Speech Rally: Incident Reports & Video

Caitlin Russell filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
Tracking # B000506-082317
Due Sept. 1, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Caitlin Russell

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 incident reports detailing the arrests of protesters and counter-protesters at the "Free Speech Rally" that took place on Boston Common on Aug. 19, 2017.
-All video footage taken by the Boston Police Department at the "Free Speech Rally" that took place on Boston Common on Aug. 19, 2017.

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,

Caitlin Russell

From: Media Relations

23 August 2017

*via email*
*requests@muckrock.com*

Re: DATE Public Records Request #B000506-082317

Dear Ms. Russell,

The Boston Police Department (BPD) received your August 20, 2017 request
for public records. This letter shall act as the response to your request
for public records. A response to a public records request must be
provided within ten (10) business days from the business day a written
request was received. G. L. c. 66, § 10 (a); 950 CMR 32.06(2)(b). It is
expected that all public records responsive to a request will be provided
within twenty-five business days from the business day a written request
was received. G. L. c. 66, § 10(b)(vi); 950 CMR 32.06(2)(i). This
response applies only to records that exist and are in the custody of the
BPD. *See* *A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law*, p. 32,
n.115. It is expected that a custodian of records must use her superior
knowledge of her records with respect to responses to public records
requests. 950 CMR 32.04(5).

Specifically, you requested:

-All incident reports detailing the arrests of protesters and
counter-protesters at the "Free Speech Rally" that took place on Boston
Common on Aug. 19, 2017.

-All video footage taken by the Boston Police Department at the "Free
Speech Rally" that took place on Boston Common on Aug. 19, 2017.

Pursuant to the Massachusetts law a municipal records custodian is
permitted to assess fees for the provision of public records. G. L. c. 66,
§ 10 (d); 950 CMR 32.07. There is a presumption under the Massachusetts
Public Records Law that government records are public; however, government
records custodians are permitted to redact or withhold portions of public
records. See G. L. c. 4, § 7 (26).

After a determination regarding the existence of any public records the BPD
will provide a supplemental response to your request. Any exemptions to
the Public Records Law that apply to permit or require redaction or
withholding will be described at that time, along with any applicable fees.

Under Massachusetts law you may appeal this response to the Supervisor of
Records in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. G. L. c. 66, §
10A; 950 CMR 32.08. If you have any questions or concerns, please call
617.343.4520 <(617)%20343-6660>.

Respectfully,

Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy

Director, Media Relations

From: Media Relations

06 October 2017

via email

requests@muckrock.com
Re: August 20 Public Records Request #B000506-082317

Dear Ms. Russell,

The Boston Police Department (BPD) received your August 20, 2017 request
for public records. This letter shall act as the response to your request
for public records.

Specifically, you requested:

-All incident reports detailing the arrests of protesters and
counter-protesters at the "Free Speech Rally" that took place on Boston
Common on Aug. 19, 2017.

-All video footage taken by the Boston Police Department at the "Free
Speech Rally" that took place on Boston Common on Aug. 19, 2017.

Please find responsive documents to your request for 'All incident reports
detailing the arrests of protesters and counter-protesters at the "Free
Speech Rally" that took place on Boston Common on Aug. 19, 2017' attached
in this email. The BPD is compiling additional information to satisfy the
remainder of your request, it will be provided as soon as possible.

Under Massachusetts law you may appeal this response to the Supervisor of
Records in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. G. L. c. 66, §
10A; 950 CMR 32.08. If you have any questions or concerns, please call
617.343.4520.

Respectfully,

Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy
Director, Media Relations

From: Media Relations

Re: August 20 Public Records Request #B000506-082317

Ms.Russell

The Boston Police Department (BPD) received your August 20, 2017 request
for public records. On October 13, 2017 all responsive footage was mailed
to:

MuckRock
DEPT MR 42303
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Under Massachusetts law you may appeal this response to the Supervisor of
Records in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. G. L. c. 66, §
10A; 950 CMR 32.08. If you have any questions or concerns, please call
617.343.4520.

Respectfully,
Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy
Director, Media Relations

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