Eye In the Sky Inquiry

Aaron Swartz Day Police Surveillance Project filed this request with the Kansas City Police Department of Kansas City, MO.
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Crowdfund Request: Eye In the Sky Inquiry - Kansas City

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Help cover the request fees needed to free these docs! The Aaron Swartz Day Police Surveillance Project wanted to track the marketing efforts and potential spread of the surveillance planes recently flown over Baltimore. We filed proactive requests with 15 American cities that matched the profile of large Black populations using the spec names of Persistent Surveillance Systems trademarked equipment and got a hit in Kansas City with over 160 emails. And a $304 bill to see them. We’ve notified the local paper and no response so far, but we think the residents of Kansas City deserve to see these emails and to see what the City is apparently planning. If enough people agree to kick in a few dollars, they will. We have the ability to publicize the materials. If we can crowdfund half the fee, we are willing to bear the other half. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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From: Aaron Swartz Day Police Surveillance Project

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the The Missouri Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to request the following information from your office.

Any correspondence, memos, or documents referencing Persistent Surveillance Systems, Ross McNutt, Hawkeye II Airborne Wide Area Surveillance, Vision RL Fixed Wide Area Surveillance, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, or Arnold Ventures.
Please notify me when this information is available.

Thank you for your attention to this request and for your prompt reply within 10 days.

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.


Aaron Swartz Day Police Surveillance Project

From: Kansas City Police Department

Your request has been received.

We will be in touch regarding a time and cost estimate. We work these requests in the order they are received.


P.O. Donna Drake
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Media Relations Unit

From: Kansas City Police Department

A search of our email system has returned with 160 emails that meet your search criteria. It would be 8 hours at a rate of $38 which be a cost of $304.00. The estimated time to complete this request would be a couple months (the requests are worked in the order they are received). We require prepayment before beginning. Please let us know if you would like an invoice prepared for you.