Lists of civil lawsuits brought against El Paso PD

Todd Feathers filed this request with the El Paso City Attorney of El Paso, TX.
Tracking # W031604-091614
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created or updated since Jan. 1, 2009 by the City Attorney's office that detail tort or civil rights lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism the City Attorney uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that the City Attorney submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police 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 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, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: The City of El Paso Public Information Center

Dear TODD FEATHERS:

Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of El Paso. Your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act. Your request was given the reference number W031604-091614 for tracking purposes.
Records Requested: copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created or updated since January 1, 2009 by the City Attorney's office that detail tort or civil rights lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism the City Attorney uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that the City Attorney submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police 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.
Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question. PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.
You can monitor the progress of your request at the link below and you'll receive an email when your request has been completed. Again, thank you for using the Public Information Center.
City of El Paso

To track your request and respond, visit the , then click on "View My Open Records Requests." Public Information Center (http://home.elpasotexas.gov/open-records/records.php)

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

I would like to revise the below-mentioned request so as to reduce the burden on your agency of retrieving the records. I had requested:

"Copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created or updated since Jan. 1, 2009 by the City Attorney's office that detail tort or civil rights lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism the City Attorney uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that the City Attorney submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department."

After corresponding with other police departments, I would like to reduce my request to the following:

A single list of all civil rights and tort lawsuits brought against the El Paso Police Department since Jan. 1, 2009 that have since been closed and are no longer pending litigation. If possible, I would also like the disposition for those closed cases and any settlement or judgment amounts paid as a result.

Thank you for your help, and I apologize for the inconvenience.

Todd Feathers

From: The City of El Paso Public Information Center

Dear TODD FEATHERS:

Please be advised that if you wish to check on the status of an already submitted request or submit a new request, you should visit the City of El Paso Public Information Center by clicking here. (http://home.elpasotexas.gov/open-records/records.php)
Description: September 18, 2014El Paso City AttorneyPublic Records Request OfficerCity Attorney's Office300 N. Campbell, 2nd FloorEl Paso, TX 79901This is a follow up to request number W031604-091614 :Hello,I would like to revise the below-mentioned request so as to reduce the burden on your agency of retrieving the records. I had requested:"Copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created or updated since Jan. 1, 2009 by the City Attorney's office that detail tort or civil rights lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism the City Attorney uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that the City Attorney submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department."After corresponding with other police departments, I would like to reduce my request to the following:A single list of all civil rights and tort lawsuits brought against the El Paso Police Department since Jan. 1, 2009 that have since been closed and are no longer pending litigation. If possible, I would also like the disposition for those closed cases and any settlement or judgment amounts paid as a result.Thank you for your help, and I apologize for the inconvenience.Todd Feathers---On Sept. 16, 2014:Dear TODD FEATHERS: Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of El Paso. Your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act. Your request was given the reference number W031604-091614 for tracking purposes. Records Requested: copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created or updated since January 1, 2009 by the City Attorney's office that detail tort or civil rights lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism the City Attorney uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that the City Attorney submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police 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. Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question. PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. You can monitor the progress of your request at the link below and you'll receive an email when your request has been completed. Again, thank you for using the Public Information Center. City of El Paso To track your request and respond, visit the , then click on "View My Open Records Requests." Public Information Center (http://home.elpasotexas.gov/open-records/records.php)---On Sept. 9, 2014:To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:Copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created or updated since Jan. 1, 2009 by the City Attorney's office that detail tort or civil rights lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism the City Attorney uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that the City Attorney submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police 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 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, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Todd FeathersFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 13321-17605008@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRock NewsDEPT MR 13321PO Box 55819Boston, MA 02205-5819PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

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From: The City of El Paso Public Information Center

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9/23/2014
VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL (requests@muckrock.com)TODD FEATHERS
P.O. BOX 55819
BOSTON MA 02205
Re:  Open Records Request #
W031604-091614Dear Mr. Feathers:
Your request, received 09/09/2014, has been forwarded to me and is being treated as a request for records under the Texas Public Information Act (Tex. Gov't Code Ann. §552.001
et seq.).  A letter regarding your request is now available.  Please click on the link below to view the City's response.
The City of El Paso Public Information Center (http://home.elpasotexas.gov/open-records/records.php)
Sincerely,
Jessica Cordero
Public Records Coordinator
City of El Paso
Office of the City Attorney
(915) 212 - 1118

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

On Sept. 18 I sent the following email clarifying my request. I hope this responds sufficiently to your Sept. 23 request for clarification.

I would like to revise the below-mentioned request so as to reduce the burden on your agency of retrieving the records. I had requested:

"Copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created or updated since Jan. 1, 2009 by the City Attorney's office that detail tort or civil rights lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism the City Attorney uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that the City Attorney submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department."

After corresponding with other police departments, I would like to reduce my request to the following:

A single list of all civil rights and tort lawsuits brought against the El Paso Police Department since Jan. 1, 2009 that have since been closed and are no longer pending litigation. If possible, I would also like the disposition for those closed cases and any settlement or judgment amounts paid as a result.

Thank you for your help, and I apologize for the inconvenience.

Todd Feathers

From: The City of El Paso Public Information Center

Dear TODD FEATHERS:

Please be advised that if you wish to check on the status of an already submitted request or submit a new request, you should visit the City of El Paso Public Information Center by clicking here. (http://home.elpasotexas.gov/open-records/records.php)
Description: September 30, 2014El Paso City AttorneyPublic Records Request OfficerCity Attorney's Office300 N. Campbell, 2nd FloorEl Paso, TX 79901This is a follow up to request number W031604-091614:Hello,On Sept. 18 I sent the following email clarifying my request. I hope this responds sufficiently to your Sept. 23 request for clarification.I would like to revise the below-mentioned request so as to reduce the burden on your agency of retrieving the records. I had requested:"Copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created or updated since Jan. 1, 2009 by the City Attorney's office that detail tort or civil rights lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism the City Attorney uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that the City Attorney submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department."After corresponding with other police departments, I would like to reduce my request to the following:A single list of all civil rights and tort lawsuits brought against the El Paso Police Department since Jan. 1, 2009 that have since been closed and are no longer pending litigation. If possible, I would also like the disposition for those closed cases and any settlement or judgment amounts paid as a result.Thank you for your help, and I apologize for the inconvenience.Todd Feathers---On Sept. 23, 2014:

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From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 9, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #W031604-091614.

Thank you for your help.

From: The City of El Paso Public Information Center

Dear TODD FEATHERS,
In regards to the Open Records Request received on 09/09/2014 requesting records, the records have been in "Requested Clarification" status for 61 days. The City of El Paso
considers this request closed. If you would still like the records, please submit another Open Records Request. Thank you for using the Public Information Center. Request Details:
Reference # W031604-091614
Description of Records Requested: copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created or updated since January 1, 2009 by the City Attorney's office that detail tort or civil rights lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism the City Attorney uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that the City Attorney submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police 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.
To log into the Public Information Center, click here. (http://home.elpasotexas.gov/open-records/records.php)

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