Laredo, TX PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Laredo Police Department of Laredo, TX.
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W008097-082817

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Fix Required

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

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

We are Economics Professors in the College of Business at Ferris State University, and are engaged in an empirical research project on police behavior and citizen complaints. This project requires us to request data from your department. If you have questions about this request or suggestions, we would be happy to discuss them with you.

1. What is the total number of citizen complaints (allegations of misconduct) made against your department’s officers annually for the last 10 years? If your department logs complaints in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs is fine instead.

Please include the type of complaint (i.e., use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e., sustained, exonerated).

2. What is the total number of complaints police officers made against their peer officers in department annually for the last 10 years? If your department logs complaints in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs is fine instead.

Please include the type of complaint (i.e., use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e., sustained, exonerated).

3. What is the total number of calls for service your department received annually for the past 10 years? If your department logs calls for service in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs is fine instead.

4. How many officer-involved-shootings were there per year for the last 10 years in your department? Any documentation or reports that detail the annual number of officer-involved shootings in your department for the past 10 years would be sufficient.

Please include documentation regarding how many of these officer-involved shootings involved disciplinary action. (Please list officer firearm discharge directed at a person separately from a shooting involving an animal and separately from accidental firearm discharges).

Please include the number of officer-involved shootings resulting in discipline.

5. Which of the above data are published publicly? Please provide a link to any and all publicly available reports containing the data above.

Collecting this information is very important to our research, so we would like to emphasize, if you have questions about my request or suggestions, we would be happy to discuss them with you.

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.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Laredo Police Department

November 9, 2017

VIA EMAIL

RE: Public Information Request W008097-082817

Dear Alexander Cartwright:

This request was received on 8/28/17 and an Estimate of Charges Form was emailed to you on 9/1/17. The request was closed on 9/18/17 at the end of the ten (10) business days to accept the charges since we did not have a response from you that you were either accepting the estimated charges, wanted to modify your request or you sent a complaint to the Texas AG alleging you had been overcharged. The request is now closed as Withdrawn. You may submit another request or any future requests by logging in to the City of Laredo’s website at www.ci.laredo.tx.us<http://www.ci.laredo.tx.us> to access the Open Records Request section.

On 9/18/17 you sent an email to Mr. Baeza asking for any updates and the letter below was emailed to you to ask again if you accepted the charges but we did not receive any response. The letter reads as follows:

Alexander Cartwright
DEPT MR 41479
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

RE: Public Information Request

Dear Alexander Cartwright:

We sent you an estimate of charges in the amount of $108.20 on 9/01/17 for your acceptance. The deadline expires today on whether you accept or not. We have not received any response from you till today and you do not specify if you accept it or not.

Please let us know of your decision so that we can either proceed and process the request or withdraw the request. Please forward any response to us directly and not Mr. Baeza. He may not be in the office in order to forward it to us since he is in another department.

If you have any questions, you may contact me at 956-795-2861.

Respectfully,
Rosie Rodriguez
Open Records Division
Laredo Police Department

The Estimated Charges Form is attached for your review. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (956) 795-2886.

Respectfully,

For Lt. Ricardo Gonzalez
San Juanita Mier
Laredo Police Department

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