Police department reports/lists on lawsuits brought against (Columbus Division of Police)

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Columbus Division of Police of Columbus, OH.
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of all reports, lists, or databases created since Jan. 1, 2009 that detail lawsuits brought against the police department. This should include any documentation mechanism the department's legal division uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that the department submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the department.

This request should be construed to include documents compiled quarterly, annually, or in other increments as well as documents or databases that contain responsive information over a longer time span.

I request that all fees be waived for this request because I am a journalist -- employed by the Boston Globe and MuckRock -- and intend to use the requested information to educate the public.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Todd Feathers

From: Redick, Glenn

Dear Mr. Feathers, Your request for public records has been forwarded to me for response. First the Ohio Public Records law-ORC 149.43-does not permit the waiver of fees charged for copying records; however, that is a moot point because the Division does not have any records which would satisfy your request. The Division is not required to submit any documents to local, state, or federal agencies relative to lawsuits so there are no such documents. Also the Division has no reports, lists or database that detail lawsuits brought against the police department so again no such records exist.

Glenn B. Redick
Chief, Litigation Section
Columbus City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr.
90 West Broad Street, Room 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-645-6929
Fax: 614-645-6949


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