Police Use of Force Data (Houston Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Houston Police Department of Houston, TX.
Multi Request Police Use of Force Data


From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Data on all use of force incidents. Preferably in CSV file format, or in .txt or excel file format, including all incidents from January 2015 through the date of this request, including a code list or definitions for any variables with coded responses. Please include in this data:
1) Incident number or other unique identifier for the use of force incident;
2) Date, time, and location of the incident, including street address or block;
3) Race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender and weapon type (if any) possessed by each individual on whom force was used;
4) Each type of force used;
5) Injuries sustained or complaints of injury by each individual on whom force was used;
6) Full name of all officers who used force, and their patrol division or unit. If this is not disclosable, please provide a unique identifier for each officer who used force;
7) The disposition of administrative investigations resulting from the use of force (e.g., sustained or founded; not sustained or unresolved; exonerated; or unfounded);
8) Whether there is body-worn camera or other video footage of the incident; and
9) Arrest charges for each individual on whom force was used.
For any information responsive to this request which is unavailable or non-disclosable, identify the specific information and the reason for the unavailability. Where the information requested is unclear, or the request could be modified to reduce the burden of producing responsive documents, please reply to clarify the request or propose a modification.

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.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Houston Police Department

Good morning.

The responsive documents were mailed out to you last week.

Thank you,
Open Records Unit - kc

From: Houston Police Department

Good afternoon.

Your documents were returned to us from the Post Office.

Please verify your mailing address so that we may get your documents to you.

Thank you,
Open Records Unit - kc

From: Samuel Sinyangwe

Hi, would it be possible to scan and send the files electronically?


From: Houston Police Department

This automatic response is your confirmation that the email you sent was received. Thank you for contacting us.

Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm (excluding holidays).

Please be aware that it will take us approximately 10 business days to respond to you regarding your request. Please submit your request only once by email, fax, US mail or in person.

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1. How will I be charged? How can I pay for the information?

Answer: If the total amount of your responsive material is less than $5 (five dollars), we will send the information to you by US Mail along with an invoice for the cost. If the total is greater than $5 (five dollars), we will send you an invoice for the material. Once you've paid the invoice, we will send you the responsive documents. If the total will be over $40 (forty dollars), we will send you a cost estimate for your approval before we proceed with the work. If the total will be over $100 (one hundred dollars), we will send you a cost estimate and require a deposit before we proceed with the work. When you are invoiced, please submit payment by check or money order only according to the instructions given in your invoice.

2. Why does it take so long to process my request? Can you expedite my request?

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Thank you,

Houston Police Department
Office of Planning & Data Governance / Open Records Unit
1200 Travis, 21st floor
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 308-3200 (ask for the Open Records Unit)

From: Houston Police Department

Please find attached the documents returned to us from the Post Office.

Thank you,
Open Records Unit - kc