FOIA Request: FOIA requests submitted by Snopes, Bethania Palma - August 1- 31, 2017

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

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From: Tom Nash

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of any FOIA requests submitted by Snopes or anyone named Bethania Palma between August 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017. Please also provide any responses to any relevant FOIA requests and also any responsive documents provided to the requester. The request was described in the following article published on August 17, 2017, which you may reference:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/were-police-told-stand-down-charlottesville/

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.

Sincerely,

Tom Nash

From: Charlottesville Police Department

To: Shawn Breen, via MuckRock (user: rblee22468)
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.
Regards,
Tyler Hawn
Public Information Officer
Charlottesville Police Department
(434) 970-3640

From: Shawn Breen

Can you clarify who you received this request from and who your denial was addressed to and why? Are Virginia residents legally permitted to make FOIA requests, and if so, why was this request specifically denied and to what individual does the denial apply?

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