|Multi Request||Police data collection project|
|Submitted||July 5, 2020|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
1. the total number of use of force incidents, separated by year and by type of force used from 2016-2019 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2016, 3 baton incidents in 2017, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2017, 4 complaints in 2018, 1 complaint sustained in 2019, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2019, separated by year
4. the total number of civilian complaints alleging biased policing or racial profiling that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2019, separated by year
Note that my requests for civilian complaints are specifically for civilian complaints alleging police misconduct, please do not include complaints filed by one officer/the department against another officer.
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.
Mr. Samuel Sinyangwe,
I am writing in response to the request you submitted July 6 2020, a copy of which appears below. The Virginia Freedom of Information Act, specifically § 2.2-3704(A) of the Code of Virginia, makes government records open to citizens of Virginia or members of the media who operate in Virginia. Based on the address you provided, 411A Highland Ave, Somerville, Ma. 02144-2516, we interpret that you are neither a citizen of Virginia and, therefore, are denying your request.
Please know that we administer all records requests within the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, including exemptions therein. We apply all exemptions with the law as consistently as possible to ensure that we treat all requesters as equally as possible.
L. A. Ford
Office of the Sheriff, Chesterfield County
P.O. Box 940
Chesterfield, VA 23832
(804) 706-2944 phone
(804) 717-6955 fax
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