Taser Metadata (Lawrence Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Lawrence Police Department of Lawrence, MA.
Tracking #

2019-FOIA-87

Multi Request Taser Metadata
Status
Completed

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From: Curtis Waltman


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

-All policies regarding Taser deployment.
-All policies regarding the keeping of statistics and data concerning the deployment and use of Tasers.
-Any relevant reports (after-action, etc) regarding the individual cases that a Massachusetts State Police officer used a taser.
-All data kept on the deployment of tasers within the department. This includes any data on how many are used, which divisions receive them, what circumstances require tasers, and how often they are used.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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,

Curtis Waltman

From:

Mr. Waltman:

Upon review of my emails I could find no record of this request being filed with the Record Access Officer. There doesn't seem to be an email address to the Lawrence Police Department or this office referenced in the text below.

The following portion of the request appears to be taken from another request to the Massachusetts State Police:

"Any relevant reports (after-action, etc) regarding the individual cases that a Massachusetts State Police officer used a taser."

This portion of the record request doesn't seem to apply to the records of the Lawrence Police Department .

The request will be entered with this Office [Record Access Officer] today with this portion of the request included and a response provided as it is presented.

The request will be processed with today's date as it appears below without further response from you regarding this matter:

On Nov. 30, 2018:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

-All policies regarding Taser deployment.
-All policies regarding the keeping of statistics and data concerning the deployment and use of Tasers.
-Any relevant reports (after-action, etc) regarding the individual cases that a Massachusetts State Police officer used a taser.
-All data kept on the deployment of tasers within the department. This includes any data on how many are used, which divisions receive them, what circumstances require tasers, and how often they are used.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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,

Curtis Waltman

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From: Lawrence Police Department

Attached is a copy of the initial response to a request for records received.

There is no email record of filing this request in November as indicated. In any event, the request has been filed, assigned a FOIA number and forwarded to the Lawrence Police Department.

The Department(s) likely to have the document(s) subject to your request have been asked to send responsive documents directly to you by email and/or mail if necessary within the required time period. Contact me directly be email with any further inquiry concerning this matter. Please reference the assigned FOIA number to allow for location of the file in this matter.

Assigned FOIA number: 2019-FOIA-87

Thank you for your attention.

William J. Maloney
City Clerk
Office of the City Clerk
City of Lawrence
200 Common Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Tel: (978) 620-3230
Fax: (978) 722-9190
E-Mail: wmaloney@cityoflawrence.com

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Good Morning,
I attached the documents for tasers and the dept. policy.

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