|Submitted||March 10, 2021|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Texas Public 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 2019-2020 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2019, 3 baton incidents in 2020, 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 2019, 2 complaints sustained in 2019, 4 complaints in 2020, 1 complaint sustained in 2020, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2019-2020, 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 2019-2020, separated by year
5. the total number of civilian complaints alleging criminal conduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2019-2020, 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Dear Samuel Sinyangwe:
As part of the unprecedented response to coronavirus in Texas, and in light of the Governor’s disaster declaration, most of the administrative departments of the City of Fort Worth are minimally staffed by a skeleton crew, while remaining staff is working remotely or involved directly in the public health or epidemic response. The City has very limited access to its records to respond to public information requests at this time. This notice has been posted on the City’s website. During the period this notice is posted, the City of Fort Worth is not considered to be open for business for purposes of the time deadlines under the Texas Public Information Act.
In accordance with the guidance issued by the Office of the Texas Attorney General, this is not a “business day” for purposes of Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act, and all PIA related processes are currently paused. On the date that the City resumes “business days” under more normal operations, all previously received requests will resume processing and any requests submitted during the skeleton crew day period will be officially noted as being received and begin being processed.
Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of Fort Worth, Texas. 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 received in this office and given the log number W113441-031121 for tracking purposes.
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 under "My Requests" Again, thank you for using the Open Records Center, Public Information Administrator
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April 16, 2021
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RE: Public Information Request W113441-031121
Dear Samuel Sinyangwe,
This letter responds to your request for information to the City of Fort Worth, dated and received in our office on 3/11/2021 1:36:56 PM.
Information Requested: Police Records - To Whom It May Concern: Pursuant to the Texas Public 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 2019-2020 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2019, 3 baton incidents in 2020, etc.).
The information responsive to your request concerns peace officer personnel records that are considered to be confidential under section 143.089(g) of the Texas Local Government Code and/or section 552.1175 of the Texas Government Code. Ordinarily, when the City receives a request for peace officer personnel records, the City is required to request and receive authorization from the Attorney General's Office before withholding the records. However, in your initial request for information, you agreed to exclude peace officer personnel records from your request. Thus, the City will close your request as to this information. If you wish to submit a second request for the peace officer personnel records, the City may be required to submit the request to the Attorney General for an Opinion.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss this further, you may contact me at 817-392-4275.
Public Information Specialist
Fort Worth Police Department
Internal Affairs/Open Records Unit
505 Felix St.
Fort Worth, TX 76115