Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports (Brookline Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Brookline Police Department of Brookline, MA.
Multi Request Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency. These include, but are not limited to, all records related to instances in which a weapon was used or discharged.

Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation.

In particular, materials responsive to this request include all reports, lists, databases, spreadsheets, and other documentation detailing incidents of legal claims or other allegations requiring compensation for claimants, attorneys, or any other party.

If spreadsheets or similar documents are available in response to this request, please provide all segregable data, including but not limited to:

The nature of the claim or legal matter
The claimant and other parties involved
The relevant case and tracking numbers for court and internal systems
The date the lawsuit was served or litigation commenced
The final disposition or current status of the case, including whether a case is still pending
The amount spent to date as a result of the legal engagement
The amount paid to any parties related to the legal claim, including any city payout and any non-monetary compensation

This request is being made by a journalist as part of a journalistic investigation. It is being submitted to your agency because a member of your community requested it be included in our effort. There is no commercial interest in this request, and its submission and the release of materials is in the public interest.

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.

If you have any questions about this request, please contact the email address associated with this request or leave a message at 617-299-1832

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,

Beryl Lipton

From: Brookline Police Department

Your request was forwarded on August 7 to Brookline Town Council as they oversee all legal matters for the Town and would maintain any materials if any such materials exist. A response for this request will be coming through their office.

Respectfully Submitted,

Neil Harrington
Brookline Police Department
Traffic/Records Division Supervisor
617-879-5664

From: Brookline Police Department

A follow up to your review for the status of your request: a more in-depth review of this request shows that in the below email you have changed the date to appear as if you had submitted this request on August 6. The attached shows that your request was in fact submitted on August 10 2:31pm, and not on August 6 as you claim. This request was forwarded to Town Council on August 10 3:12pm. The Town of Brookline makes every effort to adhere to Mass Public Records Law, by changing the dates on your request to make it appear as if the Town of Brookline is not following the correct guidelines is not only disingenuous, but could result in legal ramifications for the Town of Brookline. Please note that the date of response for your records request, per State guidelines, began on August 11. I hope that this correct information will be reflected in your journalistic endeavor.

As stated below a response to this request will be coming from Brookline Town Council.

Respectfully Submitted,

Neil Harrington
Brookline Police Department
Traffic/Records Division Supervisor
617-879-5664

From: Brookline Police Department

To Whom it may concern:

In response to your August 10, 2020 public record request below, please see attached. The Pilot and Zerai-Misgun Settlement Agreements relate to a lawsuit filed by these individuals; therefore their identities are in the public domain. The May 2018 Agreement relates to a claim the was settled prior to a lawsuit being filed. The May 2018 Agreement has been redacted to omit the identity of the claimant under Exemption (c) of the public records law, the privacy exemption. You may appeal the decision to redact this information to the Supervisor of Records, and an unfavorable determination to the Superior Court. The cost of production is waived.

Regards, Joslin Murphy

From: Brookline Police Department

In further response to the Public Record request you made on August 10, 2020 and to which you received a response on August 28, 2020, an unredacted copy of the settlement agreement with former Brookline Police Officer Prentice Pilot was sent to you in error. Please destroy the unredacted copy you received and take steps to retrieve and destroy any that may have been distributed to others. A redacted copy of the agreement is attached. Regards, Joslin Murphy

  • September 21 2018 Settlement re Brookline Police Department

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