Lists of civil lawsuits brought against Houston PD

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Houston Legal Department of Houston, TX.
Tracking # 21730
Status
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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 since Jan. 1, 2009 that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism your department uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that your department 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: LGL Public Info

Thank you for your email. Your request has been received and will be processed accordingly.

The City of Houston Legal Department

From: LGL Public Info

Dear Mr. Feathers,

We are currently processing your request and we need some clarification.

Are you asking for “all the documents related to all cases against HPD” or something more cumulative in nature e.g. “available statistics, a listing of all cases against HPD, or some other available compilation”?

Thank you for the clarification.

The City of Houston Legal Department

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

Ideally I would like a list of all civil rights and tort cases brought since Jan. 1, 2009 against HPD, including the current status of the case and any settlement values.

I understand that is quite specific, and while all other police departments I submitted the same request to have been able to compile such a list, you may not be able to due to your tracking system, etc.

If that is the case, I would like a list of all civil lawsuits brought against HPD since Jan. 1, 2009 with as much other information about the cases as is available in that list.

Thanks for reaching out, and please don't hesitate to ask for more clarification if necessary.

Todd Feathers

From: LGL Public Info

Thank you for the clarification. We are working on your request and will let you know when the data is ready.

The City of Houston Legal Department

From: LGL Public Info

Please see attached letter pertaining to the above reference request.

The City of Houston Legal Department

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $2.50 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you very much for your help.

From: Houston Legal Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Houston Legal Department

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: LGL Public Info

We confirm that we received your check yesterday and that we have mailed the records to you.

Thank you.

The City of Houston Legal Department

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