Facial recognition/false arrest lawsuits

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Chicago Law Department of Chicago, IL.

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Due Jan. 6, 2021
Est. Completion None
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1) Copies of any notices of potential legal action (such as an intent to sue letter), formal legal complaints, or comparable documents sent to the city's law department/legal representative regarding cases of alleged misidentification by police facial recognition technology since Jan. 1, 2018. In the event the department does not have the record-keeping ability to locate cases relating to a category such as false identifications/arrests, I ask that you inquire with department employees who would be knowledgeable about such cases in order to identify responsive documents.

2) Any responses from the city or settlement documents relating to cases responsive to the above aspect of this request.

3) A list, database, spreadsheet, or comparable document detailing each false arrest lawsuit brought against the law enforcement department(s) represented by your agency since Jan. 1, 2018, including, where available, the name of the plaintiff, the name of the defendant, the court docket number, date filed, date settled/closed, settlement amount, and any other details available through the department's case management system.

I'm happy to discuss any aspect of this request, should further clarification be helpful.

I ask that all fees be waived as I am a journalist and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest and not for any commercial purpose.

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.


Todd Feathers

From: Mayor's Office

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Todd Feathers
via email at 747@requests.m106327-40645uckrock.com RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of December 29, 2020, Reference # F000769-122920. Dear Todd Feathers, On behalf of the Department of Law, I am responding to your Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request which was dated December 29, 2020 and received in our office on the same day. At this time, the Department of Law is seeking an extension of five additional working days to respond to the requests for one or more of the following reasons identified in 5 ILCS 140/3(e) of FOIA: (  ) the requested records are stored in whole or in part at other locations than the office having charge of the requested records; (  ) the request requires the collection of a substantial number of specified records; (  ) the request is couched in categorical terms and requires an extensive search for the records responsive to it; (  ) the requested records have not been located in the course of routine search and additional efforts are being made to locate them; (  ) the requested records require examination and evaluation by personnel having the necessary competence and discretion to determine if they are exempt from disclosure under Section 7 of the FOIA or should be revealed only with appropriate deletions; (  ) the request for records cannot be complied with by the public body within the time limits prescribed by 5 ILCS 140/3(d) without unduly burdening or interfering with the operations of the public body; ( xx ) there is need for consultation, which shall be conducted with all practicable speed, with another public body or among two or more components of a public body having a substantial interest in the determination or in the subject matter of the request. Sincerely, Anna Lentsch

Department of Law

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