Right to Observe and Record

Grace Raih filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.


From: Grace Raih

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

Boston Police Department's policies regarding
- a citizen's right to observe and record police action
- an officer’s rights when being recorded
- badges and identification cards
- the search and seizure of audio and video recording devices
- body camera operation and footage

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.


Grace Raih

From: Media Relations

Dear Ms Raih,

We are unable to fulfill this request as presented. Please contact my
office directly for clarification.

Thank you,

Lt McCarthy
Director, Media Relations
617-343 5412

From: Grace Raih

Good morning Lt. McCarthy,

Thank you for your response to this request. I left a voicemail on the number you provided on 7/20 around noon but have yet to hear back - it is likely I may have missed your call. I am wondering when would be a convenient time for you to discuss this request? If you prefer to call me, my number is 857 998 2101 and I will be available anytime between this week between 10am and 4pm. Thank you very much!

Grace Raih

From: Grace Raih

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 17, 2017. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Grace Raih

Request completed