Lists of civil lawsuits brought against Fort Worth PD

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Fort Worth City Attorney of Fort Worth, TX.
Tracking # W037157
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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 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: 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 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 Fort Worth 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: Public Information

Mr. Feathers,

I'm not sure who or how you submitted your previous requests that you reference below but we do not have a request from you dated Sept. 2nd. I will enter this on your behalf this time and send you the link to our portal so there you can submit your future requests through our portal and obtain a confirmation so that there is no mistake about when we received your request.

Thank you,

Annette Henderson
Public Information Coordinator, City of Fort Worth
Records and Information Management Office
Phone: (817) 392-8184
Publicinformation@fortworthtexas.gov

City of Fort Worth – Working together to build a strong community.

From: Fort Worth Open Records Center

Dear Todd Feathers: 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 W037157-091814 for tracking purposes.

Records Requested: *see original request attached*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 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): 13247-51969056@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRock NewsDEPT MR 13247PO 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.
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 Open Records Center. If you have questions about how your request was processed or if I can be of further assistance, please contact me at (817) 392-8184.
Annette Henderson
Public Information Coordinator
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From: Fort Worth City Attorney

A fix is required to perfect the request. The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: Best, Wenona L.

Dear Mr. Feathers:

Attached please find correspondence regarding your open records request referenced above.

Kind regards,

Wenona L. Best
Assistant to Brandon Carr, Grant Jordan,
Will Trevino and Open Records
City Attorney's Office
1000 Throckmorton Street, Third Floor
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
(817) 392-7605
(817) 392-8359 (fax)
wenona.best@fortworthtexas.gov<mailto:wenona.best@fortworthtexas.gov>
City of Fort Worth - Working together to build a strong community
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This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. This communication may contain material protected by the attorney-client privilege. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the e-mail to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the City of Fort Worth City Attorney's Office (817) 392-7600.

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

I am writing in regard to your Sept. 19 request for clarification of my request. By "torts" I mean all lawsuits that fall under tort laws, for example personal injury, wrongful death, negligence, etc.

I hope this clears up my request, but please don't hesitate to contact me if you have more questions.

Todd Feathers

From: Best, Wenona L.

Dear Mr. Feathers:

Attached please find correspondence and information regarding your open records request referenced above.

Kind regards,

Wenona L. Best
Assistant to Brandon Carr, Grant Jordan,
Will Trevino and Open Records
City Attorney's Office
1000 Throckmorton Street, Third Floor
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
(817) 392-7605
(817) 392-8359 (fax)
wenona.best@fortworthtexas.gov<mailto:wenona.best@fortworthtexas.gov>
City of Fort Worth - Working together to build a strong community
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RECIPIENTS - PLEASE CONTACT ME PRIOR TO FORWARDING MESSAGES DESIGNATED AS ATTORNEY-CLIENT COMMUNICATIONS.
This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. This communication may contain material protected by the attorney-client privilege. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the e-mail to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the City of Fort Worth City Attorney's Office (817) 392-7600.

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