BLM comms (Harris County Sheriff)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Harris County Sheriff of Harris County, TX.
Multi Request BLM comms
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Awaiting Appeal


From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

From: Harris County Sheriff

The request has been forwarded from one agency to another agency or department for further review or follow up.


Ms. Best,

The Harris County Sheriff's Office ("HCSO") received the above-referenced request on June 19, 2020. The HCSO notes that we have previously sought an opinion from the Attorney General's Office regarding the above-mentioned Incident Report(s). See attached brief. A copy of the same was sent to you via regular mail on October 20, 2020.

HCSO advises that the circumstances have not changed and we are currently awaiting a reply from the Attorney General's Office.

Thank you,


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From: Harris County Sheriff

The request has been forwarded from one agency to another agency or department for further review or follow up.