BLM comms (Delaware State Police)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Delaware State Police of Delaware .
Multi Request BLM comms
Est. Completion Nov. 20, 2020
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Fix Required

Communications

From: Jonathan Rudenberg


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Delaware Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Emails, letters, and memos to or from police/law enforcement unions, the National Guard, or federal officials between May 1, 2020 and the present.

I also request copies of emails containing any of the following: "protest", "protests", "Black Lives Matter", "BLM", "riot", "riots", "antifa", "antifascist", "anti-fascist", or "militia".

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Please note that I am a citizen of Delaware, and am using MuckRock's services to help manage and track my request.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Rudenberg

From: Delaware State Police

This email is to acknowledge that your request was received by the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS). Please note that FOIA allows access to public records, See 29 Del. C. §10002 (definition of "public record" and specific exemptions); 29 Del. C. § 10003 (setting forth FOIA request procedures). Your request has been sent for legal review.

Additionally, please note Governor Carney issued his Fourth Modification of the Declaration of a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware. That Declaration contains the following language, extending every public body's deadline for responding to FOIA requests until 15 days after the termination of any active state of emergency. The statutory time periods for responses to requests for public records made pursuant to 29 Del. C. § 10003 and for the filing of and response to petitions filed pursuant to 29 Del. C. § 10005 (e), whether such requests or petitions are presently pending or submitted hereafter, are hereby extended until 15 business days following the termination of any active Declaration of a State of Emergency.

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From: Delaware State Police

We are awaiting clarification on this request, i.e. in narrowing down the request and associated search. Please update this request as soon as possible.

From: Delaware State Police

Good afternoon:

I was informed that we will need additional time for legal review. We will need an additional 30 days in which we will provide an update for this request. Thank you!

Regards,

Christina Duran

Christina Duran
FOIA Coordinator
Division of Delaware State Police
(302) 365-8377
christina.duran@delaware.gov<mailto:christina.duran@delaware.gov>
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This email, and any files or attachments transmitted with it, should be considered official Delaware State Police communications and confidential. The email is intended solely for the use of the individual to whom or entity to which it is addressed. Any forwarding or dissemination of the contents of this email in any manner without the express permission of the sender may be violation of Delaware State Police Rules and Regulations, Rule #10 or state or federal law and subject the violator to disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. If you believe you are not the intended recipient and have received the email in error, please contact the sender immediately.

From: Delaware State Police

Sir,

Regarding your 6/8/20 FOIA request to the Delaware State Police, seeking "Emails, letters, and memos to or from police/law enforcement unions, the National Guard, or federal officials between May 1, 2020 and the present. I also request copies of emails containing any of the following: "protest", "protests", "Black Lives Matter", "BLM", "riot", "riots", "antifa", "antifascist", "anti-fascist", or "militia"." We ask that the request be narrowed or more information provided to assist in searching for responsive, public documents. Without a narrower request or additional information, it may take significant time and a fee to conduct a search for responsive, public records. If we do not hear from you by 11/20/20, this FOIA request will be closed. We look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Christina Duran

Christina Duran
FOIA Coordinator
Division of Delaware State Police
(302) 365-8377
christina.duran@delaware.gov
[dspemblem]

This email, and any files or attachments transmitted with it, should be considered official Delaware State Police communications and confidential. The email is intended solely for the use of the individual to whom or entity to which it is addressed. Any forwarding or dissemination of the contents of this email in any manner without the express permission of the sender may be violation of Delaware State Police Rules and Regulations, Rule #10 or state or federal law and subject the violator to disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. If you believe you are not the intended recipient and have received the email in error, please contact the sender immediately.

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