Payouts to private entities as a result of damage by police

Brandon Smith filed this request with the City of Chicago Department of Law of Chicago, IL.


From: Brandon Smith

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 to 11), I hereby request the following records:

Documents sufficient to show all payouts the Chicago Police Department made for damage its department or staff inflicted on private citizens' property, from Jan. 1, 2013 through Nov. 3, 2016; documents sufficient to show the amounts of said payouts; documents sufficient to describe the property the payout was for; documents sufficient to show the date of the incident wherein said property was damaged; documents sufficient to show the date of the payout. It is possible that the full request could be fulfilled with a single database or spreadsheet, but the request is for documents sufficient to show all the above criteria. If separate databases or spreadsheets are used in the response, please do not redact any unique identifiers (for example, unique numbers assigned to the incidents or the payouts) that CPD places on the incidents or the payouts.

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.


Brandon Smith

From: McCaffrey, Bill


Can you give me a call about this request? I'm at 312.744.1575. I think what you are looking for is already available online.


From: McCaffrey, Bill

November 16, 2016

Response via Email

Brandon Smith
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Dear Mr. Smith:

On behalf of the City of Chicago Department of Law, I am responding to your Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request dated November 9, 2016 and received in our offices on the same date. At this time, I am seeking an extension of five additional working days to respond to the request 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.


Bill McCaffrey

Chicago Department of Law


November 23, 2016

Brandon Smith

Via email at<>

Dear Mr. Smith,

This letter is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the City of Chicago Law Department, which was received in our office on November 9, 2016.