2021 United States Capitol attack and other 'protests' (Columbus Division of Police)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Columbus Division of Police of Columbus, OH.

It is a clone of this request.

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Multi Request 2021 United States Capitol attack and other 'protests'
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Records regarding the potential for violence, unrest, criminal activities or other disturbances associated with protests or other activities on either January 5 or January 6, 2021 at local, regional or national events. This request includes but is not limited to inter-departmental communications, situational reports, bulletins and other documents.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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 10 business days.


Emma North-Best

From: Columbus Division of Police

Good afternoon,

This request is ambiguous because it does not provide enough information for me to determine what records may be responsive. Please clarify what specific records you are requesting. Thank you.

What is An Ambiguous or Overly Broad Request?
An ambiguous request is one that lacks the clarity a public office needs to ascertain what the requester is seeking and where to look for records that might be responsive. The wording of the request is vague or subject to interpretation.[i]
A request can be overly broad when it is so inclusive that the public office is unable to identify the records sought based on the manner in which the office routinely organizes and accesses records. The courts have also found a request overly broad when it seeks what amounts to a complete duplication of a major category of a public office's records. Examples of overly broad requests include requests for:
· All records containing particular names or words;[ii]
· Duplication of all records having to do with a particular topic, or all records of a particular type;[iii]
· Every report filed with the public office for a particular time period (if the office does not organize records in that manner);[iv]
· All emails sent or received by a particular email address with no subject matter and time limitation;[v]
· "[A]ll e-mails between" two employees (when email not organized by sender and recipient).[vi]
· "[A]ll documents which document any and all instances of lead poisoning in the last 15 years in any dwelling owned or operated by [the office]."[vii]


K. Hartshorne
Public Records Supervisor
Management Analyst II
Public Records Unit
(614) 645-4925 (main)
(614) 645-4896 (desk)