Masked LEOs (Kansas City Police Department)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Kansas City Police Department of Kansas City, MO.

It is a clone of this request.

Multi Request Masked LEOs
Est. Completion None
Fix Required


From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. Policies, including implementation, termination and expiration notices, mentioning or discussing mask mandates or requirements for employees.

2. Reports regarding alleged violations of or non-compliance with mask mandates or requirements.

3. Records documenting any disciplinary actions taken regarding Item #2.

4. Emails, letters, memos and other written or memorialized discussions with unions or employee representatives regarding actual or proposed mask mandates or requirements (such as those requested in Item #1).

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma North-Best

From: Kansas City Police Department

Good Afternoon Emma,

Your request has been received. We work these requests in the order in which they are received and over the last several weeks we have received many. We will be back in touch with you regarding a cost estimate for your request. Just a couple things: Member discipline/personnel records is closed under Missouri sunshine law chapter 610.021, that information is not public. Second, are you requesting an email search of the keyword "mask" and/or "mask mandate"? We would estimate an email search of that would return thousands of emails and would be very costly to search and review for redactions. Just seeking some clarity on this. Third, reports of "mask violations" or non-compliance would go through the city health department. We do not handle thoses.

Again, we work these requests in order and your request has been received.

For all future requests, please send your requests to the three PIOs on this email as we handle all sunshine requests for media for the department.