Policies on OC (Chicago Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Chicago Police Department of Chicago, IL.
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From: Curtis Waltman

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:

For this request the time frame is 1/1/10. I seek records on OC (pepper spray) and a specific list of the records sought is included below:

-Policies on OC Spray. This includes policies on storage, what divisions receive OC, and the proper use of OC such as when to deploy it and how to specifically use pepper spray.

-All infractions for the time frame listed above for officers on the misuse of OC including excessive amounts deployed, using it during situations it was uncalled for, and improper storage. Other causes for infractions likely exist.

-Complaints to the department concerning the deployment of OC such as excessive amount used, or OC being deployed in a situation in which it was uncalled for.

-Policies on the discipline of officers who misuse OC.

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.


Curtis Waltman

From: FOIA1

Good Morning,

For your request about OC Spray and it's policies, I was able to obtain the policies on OC spray and all infractions since 2010. I have a physical spread sheet with that information.

In regards to complaints however, there were 1,345 incidents where OC was discharged, and we would have to manually go through 1,345 employee numbers to pull their CR histories and determine which one's had OC complaints against them. Our system does not allow us to simply know which one's had complaints in an easy way. This would be truly burdensome on our end, is there anyway we could come to some type of agreement about that particular part of the request? Let us know either way.

Thank you for your patience.




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