FOIA Request: All communications by Public Information Officer related to social media video of SWAT personnel driving while recording video posted on Facebook on August 12, 2019

Shawn Breen filed this request with the Charlottesville Police Department of Charlottesville, VA.


From: Tom Nash

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All communications by the Charlottesville Police Department Public Information Officer related to a social media video of SWAT personnel driving while recording video posted on Facebook on August 12, 2019. This should include any communication transmitting the video to the PIO, including forwards, and any communication from the PIO to any other department employee about the video. The video was likely recorded and posted sometime between August 8, 2019 and August 12, 2019.

Please also provide any documents related to the driver of the vehicle including daily drivers reports or logs maintained by the Charlottesville Police Department. It is believed that the vehicle is used by the Charlottesville Police Department SWAT team, and should sufficiently narrowly tailor the request.

The video may be viewed here:

As is required by General Order 517.08, please provide the approval of the video for posting on Department social media sites by any administrators of department social media for the video at the linked URL.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Please note that I am a citizen of Virginia, and am using MuckRock's services to help manage and track my request.


Tom Nash

From: Charlottesville Police Department

To: Shawn Breen, via MuckRock (user: rblee22468)
Good morning Mr. Breen,
We are unable to process your request because we have not been able to determine that you are an entity eligible to make a FOIA request to the City of Charlottesville. According to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3704, public records shall be open to citizens of the Commonwealth, representatives of newspapers and magazines with circulation in the Commonwealth, and representatives of radio and television stations broadcasting in or into the Commonwealth.
All the best,
Tyler Hawn
Public Information Officer
Charlottesville Police Department
606 East Market Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Office: (434) 970-3640
Cell: (434) 409-3439
"Service Beyond the Call"