Police data collection project (Clinton Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Clinton Police Department of Clinton, MI.
Multi Request Police data collection project
Est. Completion July 15, 2020
Fix Required


From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Michigan 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.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Clinton Police Department

The Village of Clinton would like an extension of a few days so we can
finalize your information request. We should be able to get the information
to you by July 15, 2020. Thank you.

Kevin Cornish

Village Manager

From: Clinton Police Department

Question 1 - Total number of Use of Force. There was one taser deployment is

Question 2 - Citizen Complaints alleging officer misconduct. There were four
complaints in 2019 with two sustained.

Question 3 - Total Civilian Complaints alleging use of excessive force.
There was one complaint in 2019 regarding a 2017 incident.

Question 4 - Total number of Civilian Complaints alleging biased policing.
There were no reported claims for alleged biased policing.

If you are interested in obtaining a search or documents relating to these
projects, please submit a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA)
requesting the specific project(s) about which you would like information.
Please note that there may be cost for the search and/or production of those
records. Alternatively, you can arrange with the Village a convenient time
and day to inspect the records. Unfortunately, a personal inspection of the
records is not possible at this time due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Please be aware that you would have the following rights under FOIA with
respect to a denial: (1) You could submit to the head of the public body a
written appeal that specifically states the word "appeal" and identifies the
reason or reasons for reversal of the disclosure denial. (2) You could seek
judicial review within 180 days of the denial under Section 10 of FOIA. (MCL

If the person asserting the right to inspect, copy, or receive a copy of all
or a portion of a public record prevails in an action commenced under
Section 10 of FOIA, the court shall award reasonable attorneys' fees, costs
and disbursements. A party that prevails in part may, at the discretion of
the court, receive all or an appropriate portion of reasonable attorneys'
fees, costs and disbursements. If the court determines the public body
acted arbitrarily and capriciously in denying the request, the court shall
award the requesting person, in addition to actual and compensatory damages,
punitive damages in the amount of $1,000 against the public body.

Kevin Cornish

Village Manager

Village of Clinton

119 E. Michigan Avenue

Clinton MI 49236

517 456-7494 ext 213

517 456-6350 fax

<mailto:cornishk@villageofclinton.org> cornishk@villageofclinton.org


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