Records request from BuzzFeed News: Incident reports for crimes of aggravated assault

Peter Aldhous filed this request with the Laredo Police Department of Laredo, TX.
Tracking #

W008994-021318

Due May 2, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Peter Aldhous

To Whom It May Concern:

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

olice incident or arrest reports for all crimes of aggravated assault recorded in 2016 (including descriptions of the incident).

Because aggregated statistics on these crimes are reported annually to the FBI under the Uniform Crime Reporting program by your agency, I believe you retain these records.

This request is made as part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations including BuzzFeed News, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes#hatecrime-coverage.

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,

Peter Aldhous
Science reporter | BuzzFeed News
tel: 415 800 3471
cell: 415 503 7323
989 Market Street, Suite 490
San Francisco CA 94103

From: Laredo Police Department

Dear Peter Aldhous,
Thank you for registering with the City of Laredo Open Records Center. Below you will find your login and password information. Please log in to the Open Records Center to update any contact or password information and to track the progress of your request.
Login: requests@muckrock.com
Password: 0c36149c17
City of Laredo


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From: Laredo Police Department

Welcome to the City of Laredo Open Records Center. We have received your Public Information Request, and it has been diverted to the appropriate department for processing. Pursuant to the Public Information Act, the governmental body will try to complete the request within a reasonable amount of time depending on the nature of the request. However, you can expect to receive notification should the request require more than 10 business days to complete.
Please note, the Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. The request must ask for records or information already in existence. In addition, the City of Laredo may collect a fee as prescribed by law or regulation for the requested documents. If a fee is not prescribed by law or regulation, the fee shall be the actual cost of duplicating the record(s) and any applicable labor costs.
Finally, you can monitor the progress of your request through the automated open records center on the
City of Laredo website .  Unfortunately, this email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. Therefore, if you have any questions with respect to a pending request or pertaining to any open records issue,  you may directly contact this office through the open records center.  You may also reach us by phone at the number below.
Very truly yours,
City Attorney's Office
Public Information Coordinator for the City of Laredo
1110 Houston Street
City Hall, 3rd Floor
Laredo, Texas 78040
(956) 791-7319 Telephone
(956) 791-7494 Facsimile
Track the issue status and respond at:
https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp//_rs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=8994 (https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp//_rs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=8994)

From: Laredo Police Department

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February 13, 2018

RE: Public Information Request Reference No. W008994-021318 Dear Peter Aldhous:
This is regarding your public information request of 2/13/2018 11:31:50 AM in which you requested the following information:
Case Report: To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
olice incident or arrest reports for all crimes of aggravated assault recorded in 2016 (including descriptions of the incident).
Because aggregated statistics on these crimes are reported annually to the FBI under the Uniform Crime Reporting program by your agency, I believe you retain these records.
This request is made as part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations including BuzzFeed News, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes#hatecrime-coverage.
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.
Your request is very broad and clarification is needed. Please submit
in writing a more detailed request of the documents that you are requesting to aid us in filling your public information request. Is there a particular type of aggravated assault report that you are looking for or is it a list that you are looking for with a minor description of a particular type of aggravated assault? When your amended request is received, we will be able to determine a cost and when the information can be made available to you. At that time, we will also be able to notify you if an Attorney General opinion is necessary.  You may contact me at (956) 791-7319 with questions. Please note that pursuant to Section 552.222(d) of
the Government Code, this request will be considered automatically withdrawn if you fail to respond within 61 days from the date of this letter.
Sincerely,

Rosie Rodriguez
Open Records Division
Laredo Police Report
To monitor the progress or update this request please log into the
City of Laredo Open Records Center. (https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp/_rs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=8994&coid=)

From: Peter Aldhous

Dear Rosie,

Thank you for your reply of Feb 13. To clarify, I am requesting the full incident reports, including the narrative filed by the officer concerned, for all crimes of aggregated assault. I am not requesting a summary or minor description.

Do call me if you need further clarification.

Sincerely,

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Peter Aldhous
Science reporter | BuzzFeed News
tel: 415 800 3471
cell: 415 503 7323
peter.aldhous@buzzfeed.com
@paldhous
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From: Laredo Police Department

Dear Peter Aldhous:

Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Open Records Center by clicking here. (http://mygovhelp.us/LAREDO/_cs/supporthome.aspx) Description: TO: "Laredo Open Records Center"[laredo@mycusthelp.net]Laredo Police DepartmentPublic Information Act Office4712 Maher AvenueLaredo, TX 78041February 21, 2018This is a follow up to request number W008994-021318:Dear Rosie,Thank you for your reply of Feb 13. To clarify, I am requesting the full incident reports, including the narrative filed by the officer concerned, for all crimes of aggregated assault. I am not requesting a summary or minor description.Do call me if you need further clarification.Sincerely,-- Peter AldhousScience reporter | BuzzFeed Newstel: 415 800 3471cell: 415 503 7323peter.aldhous@buzzfeed.com@paldhousPGP Fingerprint: 225F B2AF 4B8E 6E3D B1EA 7F9A B96E BF7D 9CB2 9B16Send secure tipsFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 48703-21678789@requests.muckrock.comUpload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/laredo-police-department-5238/records-request-from-buzzfeed-news-incident-reports-for-crimes-of-aggravated-assault-48703/?uuid-login=701da583-4331-4495-a7a1-4cfc26e13bd3&email=laredo%40mycusthelp.net#agency-replyIs this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.For mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRock NewsDEPT MR 48703411A Highland AveSomerville, MA 02144-2516PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share, and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.---On Feb. 13, 2018:
City of Laredo

From: Peter Aldhous

Dear Rosie,

Further to my last note, perhaps we should speak by telephone so I understand more about how your records are kept. The key information for me is the description provided by the officer. So it would be helpful to discuss what is included in a "minor description."

I will be busy with other projects on Thursday, but will try to reach you by telephone on Friday.

My contact details are below.

Sincerely,

--
Peter Aldhous
Science reporter | BuzzFeed News
tel: 415 800 3471
cell: 415 503 7323
peter.aldhous@buzzfeed.com
@paldhous
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From: Laredo Police Department

Dear Peter Aldhous:

Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Open Records Center by clicking here. (http://mygovhelp.us/LAREDO/_cs/supporthome.aspx) Description:

From: Laredo Police Department

Dear Peter Aldhous:

Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Open Records Center by clicking here. (http://mygovhelp.us/LAREDO/_cs/supporthome.aspx) Description:

From: Laredo Police Department

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RE: Public Information Request Reference No. W008994-021318 Dear Peter Aldhous:
This is regarding your public information request of 2/13/2018 11:31:50 AM. regarding 2016 reports on Aggravated Assaults.
We received your response this morning under W009141-030818 regarding the pending clarification.

In reviewing it, you did not address Redaction of the following type of reports: domestic violence and  injury to child/elderly which we had spoken about.  We do need for you to state " yes we can redact them" or " no we cannot redact them".  Also these cases would need to be reviewed by the Attorney General and that may take an additional 45 days to get a response from them once you have accepted the Estimate of Charges for the fees that will be forwarded to you once we get your reply regarding the redactions.
When your amended request is received, we will be able to determine a cost and when the information can be made available to you. At that time, we will also be able to notify you if an Attorney General opinion is necessary.  You may contact me at (956) 795-2861 with questions. Please note that pursuant to Section 552.222(d) of
the Government Code, this request will be considered automatically withdrawn if you fail to respond within 61 days from the date of this letter.
Please respond to this email to ensure that we receive and can begin to process the request.
Sincerely,

Rosa Rodriguez
Open Records Division
Laredo Police Department
To monitor the progress or update this request please log into the
City of Laredo Open Records Center. (https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp/_rs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=8994&coid=)

From: Peter Aldhous

Dear Rosie,

I am happy for you to redact cases of domestic violence. However, I do not wish you to redact cases of injury to child/elderly. I understand that this means you will have to forward those cases for review to the Attorney General.

Best wishes,

Peter

From: Laredo Police Department

Dear Peter Aldhous:

Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Open Records Center by clicking here. (http://mygovhelp.us/LAREDO/_cs/supporthome.aspx) Description: TO: "Laredo Open Records Center"[laredo@mycusthelp.net]Laredo Police DepartmentPublic Information Act Office4712 Maher AvenueLaredo, TX 78041March 12, 2018This is a follow up to request number W008994-021318:Dear Rosie,I am happy for you to redact cases of domestic violence. However, I do not wish you to redact cases of injury to child/elderly. I understand that this means you will have to forward those cases for review to the Attorney General.Best wishes,PeterFiled via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 48703-21678789@requests.muckrock.comUpload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/laredo-police-department-5238/records-request-from-buzzfeed-news-incident-reports-for-crimes-of-aggravated-assault-48703/?uuid-login=8738da60-f473-45b3-b039-47beea0e1dd4&email=laredo%40mycusthelp.net#agency-replyIs this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.For mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRock NewsDEPT MR 48703411A Highland AveSomerville, MA 02144-2516PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share, and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.---On March 8, 2018:
City of Laredo

From: Laredo Police Department

Dear Peter Aldhous:

Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Open Records Center by clicking here. (http://mygovhelp.us/LAREDO/_cs/supporthome.aspx) Description:

From: Laredo Police Department

Attachments:
W009236-032718_Aldhous__Peter__ESTIMATED_CHARGES_WITH_INSPECT_NOTICE.pdf (https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp/_rs/DownloadItemFile.aspx?iid=e41Qa6nnqvo=&fid=qQGEWOSVjoZPhHE4yWEgZUaJPeckID35hQuFL3NM6io=&cid=6qDLaGACwQo=)
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CITY OF LAREDO PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUEST ESTIMATED CHARGES FORM (COPIES REQUESTED)
Dear Peter Aldhous:

We are in receipt of your request for public information given W009236-032718.

We have determined that the charges to comply with your request will exceed $40.00. Therefore, this statement is provided pursuant to §552.2615 of the Government Code and §70.7 of the Office of the Attorney General cost rules.  Costs are determined by the Texas Admin. Code §70.3.

Your request will be considered automatically withdrawn if you do not notify us in writing and within (10) ten business days from the date of this statement that you:

a. Accept the charges and agree to pay;
b. Modify your request. (If you choose to inspect the records first, it is considered a modification, not a new request. If you choose to inspect the information, you will be able to take notes);
c. Have sent to the Texas Attorney General a complaint alleging that you have been overcharged.

You may choose to respond by email, fax, regular mail, or by dropping by your written response in person to Rosie Rodriguez, 4712 Maher AVe. Street, Laredo, Texas, 78041, Phone: (956) 795-2861, Fax: (956) 795-2883, Email: rrodrigu10 @ci.laredo.tx.us. (mailto:rrodrigu10@ci.laredo.tx.us)

Please note that no work will be undertaken until we receive your written response to this itemized statement.
Respectfully,
Rosie Rodriguez
Open Records Division
Laredo Police Department

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From: Laredo Police Department

Welcome to the City of Laredo Open Records Center. We have received your Public Information Request, and it has been diverted to the appropriate department for processing. Pursuant to the Public Information Act, the governmental body will try to complete the request within a reasonable amount of time depending on the nature of the request. However, you can expect to receive notification should the request require more than 10 business days to complete.
Please note, the Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. The request must ask for records or information already in existence. In addition, the City of Laredo may collect a fee as prescribed by law or regulation for the requested documents. If a fee is not prescribed by law or regulation, the fee shall be the actual cost of duplicating the record(s) and any applicable labor costs.
Finally, you can monitor the progress of your request through the automated open records center on the
City of Laredo website .  Unfortunately, this email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. Therefore, if you have any questions with respect to a pending request or pertaining to any open records issue,  you may directly contact this office through the open records center.  You may also reach us by phone at the number below.
Very truly yours,
City Attorney's Office
Public Information Coordinator for the City of Laredo
1110 Houston Street
City Hall, 3rd Floor
Laredo, Texas 78040
(956) 791-7319 Telephone
(956) 791-7494 Facsimile
Track the issue status and respond at:
https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp//_rs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=9245 (https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp//_rs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=9245)

From: Laredo Police Department

Attachments:
W009236-032718_Aldhous__Peter__ESTIMATED_CHARGES_WITH_INSPECT_NOTICE.pdf (https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp/_rs/DownloadItemFile.aspx?iid=SbpTUOXANxk=&fid=qQGEWOSVjoYqIb2Zd/4n@@12JYXyuDQr@@12gQH/G7yzs@@12pQ8=&cid=6qDLaGACwQo=)
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CITY OF LAREDO PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUEST ESTIMATED CHARGES FORM (COPIES REQUESTED)
Dear Peter Aldhous:

We are in receipt of your request for public information given W009245-032718.

We have determined that the charges to comply with your request will exceed $40.00. Therefore, this statement is provided pursuant to §552.2615 of the Government Code and §70.7 of the Office of the Attorney General cost rules.  Costs are determined by the Texas Admin. Code §70.3.

Your request will be considered automatically withdrawn if you do not notify us in writing and within (10) ten business days from the date of this statement that you:

a. Accept the charges and agree to pay;
b. Modify your request. (If you choose to inspect the records first, it is considered a modification, not a new request. If you choose to inspect the information, you will be able to take notes);
c. Have sent to the Texas Attorney General a complaint alleging that you have been overcharged.

You may choose to respond by email, fax, regular mail, or by dropping by your written response in person to Rosie Rodriguez, 4712 Maher Ave., Laredo, Texas, 78041, Phone: (956) 795-2861, Fax: (956) 795-2893, Email: rrodrigu10 @ci.laredo.tx.us. (mailto:rrodrigu10@ci.laredo.tx.us)

Please note that no work will be undertaken until we receive your written response to this itemized statement. Please respond to this email, the other responses are being sent to the wrong email and we are not receiving them. If you are going to respond independently, please use my email listed above.
This is the reference number that we will be proceeding with, all the others will be closed due to being duplicates to original request number.

Respectfully,
Rosie Rodriguez
Open Records Division
Laredo Police Department
To monitor the progress or update this request please log into the
City of Laredo Open Records Center. (https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp/_rs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=9245&coid=)

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From: Laredo Police Department

Welcome to the City of Laredo Open Records Center. We have received your Public Information Request, and it has been diverted to the appropriate department for processing. Pursuant to the Public Information Act, the governmental body will try to complete the request within a reasonable amount of time depending on the nature of the request. However, you can expect to receive notification should the request require more than 10 business days to complete.
Please note, the Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. The request must ask for records or information already in existence. In addition, the City of Laredo may collect a fee as prescribed by law or regulation for the requested documents. If a fee is not prescribed by law or regulation, the fee shall be the actual cost of duplicating the record(s) and any applicable labor costs.
Finally, you can monitor the progress of your request through the automated open records center on the
City of Laredo website .  Unfortunately, this email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. Therefore, if you have any questions with respect to a pending request or pertaining to any open records issue,  you may directly contact this office through the open records center.  You may also reach us by phone at the number below.
Very truly yours,
City Attorney's Office
Public Information Coordinator for the City of Laredo
1110 Houston Street
City Hall, 3rd Floor
Laredo, Texas 78040
(956) 791-7319 Telephone
(956) 791-7494 Facsimile
Track the issue status and respond at:
https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp//_rs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=9246 (https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp//_rs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=9246)

From: Peter Aldhous

Can you confirm that you received the check for $96.40? Can you provide an estimate of when the request will be completed?

From: Laredo Police Department

Dear Peter Aldhous:

Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Open Records Center by clicking here. (http://mygovhelp.us/LAREDO/_cs/supporthome.aspx) Description: TO: "Laredo Open Records Center"[laredo@mycusthelp.net]Laredo Police DepartmentTexas Public Information Act Office4712 Maher AvenueLaredo, TX 78041May 21, 2018This is a follow up to request number W008994-021318:Can you confirm that you received the check for $96.40? Can you provide an estimate of when the request will be completed?Filed via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 48703-21678789@requests.muckrock.comUpload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/laredo-police-department-5238/records-request-from-buzzfeed-news-incident-reports-for-crimes-of-aggravated-assault-48703/?uuid-login=32a76cfa-28a5-4675-90ad-0bc0ecde9c9f&email=laredo%40mycusthelp.net#agency-replyIs this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.For mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRock NewsDEPT MR 48703411A Highland AveSomerville, MA 02144-2516PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share, and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.---On March 27, 2018:Welcome to the City of Laredo Open Records Center. We have received your Public Information Request, and it has been diverted to the appropriate department for processing. Pursuant to the Public Information Act, the governmental body will try to complete the request within a reasonable amount of time depending on the nature of the request. However, you can expect to receive notification should the request require more than 10 business days to complete. Please note, the Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. The request must ask for records or information already in existence. In addition, the City of Laredo may collect a fee as prescribed by law or regulation for the requested documents. If a fee is not prescribed by law or regulation, the fee shall be the actual cost of duplicating the record(s) and any applicable labor costs. Finally, you can monitor the progress of your request through the automated open records center on the City of Laredo website .  Unfortunately, this email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. Therefore, if you have any questions with respect to a pending request or pertaining to any open records issue,  you may directly contact this office through the open records center.  You may also reach us by phone at the number below. Very truly yours, City Attorney's Office Public Information Coordinator for the City of Laredo 1110 Houston Street City Hall, 3rd Floor Laredo, Texas 78040 (956) 791-7319 Telephone (956) 791-7494 Facsimile Track the issue status and respond at: https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp//_rs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=9246 (https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp//_rs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=9246)---On March 27, 2018:Attachments: W009236-032718_Aldhous__Peter__ESTIMATED_CHARGES_WITH_INSPECT_NOTICE.pdf (https://LAREDO.mycusthelp.com/webapp/_rs/DownloadItemFile.aspx?iid=SbpTUOXANxk=&fid=qQGEWOSVjoYqIb2Zd/4n@@12JYXyuDQr@@12gQH/G7yzs@@12pQ8=&cid=6qDLaGACwQo=)
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From: Laredo Police Department

Dear Peter Aldhous:

Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Open Records Center by clicking here. (http://mygovhelp.us/LAREDO/_cs/supporthome.aspx) Description:

From: Laredo Police Department

Dear Peter Aldhous:

Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Open Records Center by clicking here. (http://mygovhelp.us/LAREDO/_cs/supporthome.aspx) Description:

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