APRA Request: Officer Files

Sam Stecklow filed this request with the Johnston Police Department of Johnston, RI.


From: Sam Stecklow

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all citizen complaints, internal investigations, grievances, discipline, appeals of discipline, uses of force, and reviews of uses of force involving former JPDs officer Jared DeAngelis and Vanessa Wilcox over the course of their careers.

The records requested are public pursuant to the Rhode Island Supreme Court opinions in Direct Action for Rights and Equality v. Gannon, 713 A.2d 218 (R.I. 1998) and Rake v. Gorodetsky, 452 A.2d 1144 (R.I. 1982).

This request is brought by Big Local News along with a collaboration of news organizations, including ABC News, KQED, MuckRock, the Invisible Institute, and other news organizations. Big Local News is a program of Stanford University’s Journalism and Democracy Initiative and helps journalists collect, process and analyze public data.

We are seeking this information as a news media organization on a matter of public interest concerning the conduct of government. As such, we ask for a waiver of all fees pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-4(e).

Thank you

Sam Stecklow
Invisible Institute

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.


Sam Stecklow

From: Sam Stecklow

Hello, I'd like to inquire as to the status of this request.

Thank you

From: Johnston Police Department

To whom it may concern, I have attached a response to your request. Please let me know that you have received it.

Have a nice day,

Heather Burlingame Records
Johnston Police Department: 401- 231-4210
Fax: 401-233-3319
1651 Atwood Ave.
Johnston, RI 02919

From: Johnston Police Department

Dear Mr. Stecklow,

Attached is the responsive letter and subsequent APRA requests. Please email me back at your convenience to ensure that they were received. Any questions please feel free to contact me at the information provided below.

Thank you,

Captain Josph McGinn #7

Captain Joseph A. McGinn
Administrative Division Commander
1651 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919

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