BLM comms (Honolulu Police Department)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Honolulu Police Department of Honolulu, HI.
Multi Request BLM comms
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Hawaii Uniform Information Practices 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: Honolulu Police Department

Hi Emma,
We have received your most recent request. It is quite broad, and you may want to consider narrowing it to save time and cost. For example, did you want the emails, letters and memos for approximately 1,800 officers searched? Or for specific positions or units?
In case this makes a difference, the Honolulu Police Department did not work with the National Guard or any federal agency when responding to protest gatherings or marches. We've also been fortunate to not have any looting or vandalism. There was a single protest-related arrest when a male was arrested for unlawfully carrying ammunition in Waikiki.
Please let us know if you would like to proceed with and/or modify your request.
Michelle Yu
Media Liaison Office
Honolulu Police Department