Internal investigation by Attorney Ogara

John Doe filed this request with the Central Falls Legal Department of Central Falls, RI.
Due Oct. 9, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: John Doe


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

All documents pertaining to the investigation performed by Attorney OGara in 2018

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

John Smith

From: John Doe

Please acknowledge receipt of this request

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Received. Thank you.
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From: John Doe

I have not received a response or records within the 10 day timeframe, or an explanation as to the denial. Please respond to this request.

From: Central Falls Legal Department

October 17, 2018

RE: ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST

To Whom it may concern:

The City of Central Falls received your request for copies of certain public records on October 8, 2018.

Due to the extensive amount of research pertaining to your request, the City has good cause to extend the ten (10) day time period by an additional twenty (20) days.

Please note this is not a denial of your request to review the requested documentation.

In addition, after reviewing (1) your request for certain Internal Affairs reports for one particular Central Falls Police Officer, (2) the Access to Public Records Act (“APRA”), G.L. 1956 § 38-2-1 et seq., the (3) the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (“LEOBOR”), G.L. 1956 § 42-28.6-1 et seq., and legal precedent, I hereby formally ask you for a statement as to why the public interest in disclosure of these records outweighs the privacy interest of the individual(s) involved.

Thank you for your time and cooperation.

Very truly yours,
Matthew T. Jerzyk
City Solicitor

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Matthew Jerzyk, Esq.
Central Falls City Solicitor
580 Broad Street
Central Falls, RI 02863
Phone: 401-616-2435
E-mail: MJerzyk@CentralFallsRI.us

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From: John Doe

As outlined by the APRA failure to respond within 10 days is considered a denial.

Also outlined by the APRA-

"No public records shall be withheld based on the purpose for which the records are sought, nor shall a public body require, as a condition of fulfilling a public records request, that a person or entity provide a reason for the request or provide personally identifiable information about him/herself."

Legal precedent in RI has already been established that police internal investigations are a matter of public record.

This information will be forwarded to the attorney general.

From: John Doe

Also, this request was made on 9/24. This is already almost at the 20 day mark.

From: John Doe

This report concerns multiple police officers and is taxpayer funded. Police misconduct is a matter of public interest, especially given the involvement of multiple officers.

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