Records request from BuzzFeed News: Incident reports for crimes of aggravated assault

Peter Aldhous filed this request with the Cary Police Department of Cary, NC.


From: Peter Aldhous

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to North Carolina Public Records Law (G.S. ยงยง 132-1 through 132-10), I hereby request the following documents:

Police incident or arrest reports for all crimes of aggravated assault recorded in 2016 (including descriptions of the incident).

Because aggregated statistics on these crimes are reported annually to the FBI under the Uniform Crime Reporting program by your agency, I believe you retain these records.

This request is made as part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations including BuzzFeed News, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Peter Aldhous
Science reporter | BuzzFeed News
tel: 415 800 3471
cell: 415 503 7323
989 Market Street, Suite 490
San Francisco CA 94103

From: Cary Police Department

Your request has been received


From: Cary Police Department

See attached request

From: Peter Aldhous

Dear Ken,

Thank you for the response to my request. The information supplied appears to be a cover sheet with basic information on each of the 62 incidents of aggravated assault in 2016. Is there also a narrative section to each report, with a more detailed description of each incident? That was what I was particularly looking for.

Also, are you able to provide the meanings for the letter codes used for "relationship to offender"?


Peter Aldhous, PhD
Science reporter | BuzzFeed News
tel: 415 800 3471
cell: 415 503 7323

From: Cary Police Department

Good morning Mr. Aldhous,

Attached is the code sheet with the relationship to offender.

Per your request for officer narratives, under NCGS 132-1.4, Criminal investigations; intelligence information records: Records of criminal investigations conducted by public law enforcement agencies, records of criminal intelligence information compiled by public law enforcement agencies, and records of investigations conducted by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, are not public records.

Thank you for your request.

Ken Davis