Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports (Los Angeles Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Los Angeles Police Department of Los Angeles, CA .
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20-4796

Multi Request Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports
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From: Beryl Lipton


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency.

Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation.

In particular, materials responsive to this request include all reports, lists, databases, spreadsheets, and other documentation detailing incidents of legal claims or other allegations requiring compensation for claimants, attorneys, or any other party.

If spreadsheets or similar documents are available in response to this request, please provide all segregable data, including but not limited to:

The nature of the claim or legal matter
The claimant and other parties involved
The relevant case and tracking numbers for court and internal systems
The date the lawsuit was served or litigation commenced
The final disposition or current status of the case, including whether a case is still pending
The amount spent to date as a result of the legal engagement
The amount paid to any parties related to the legal claim, including any city payout and any non-monetary compensation

If you have any questions about this request, please contact the email address associated with this request or leave a message at 617-299-1832.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #20-4796:

Dear Requester:

 

 

The Department continues to process CPRA requests as they come in during the COVID-19 public health crisis, and will endeavor to do so in a timely manner.  While the Department will be making every effort to comply with its statutory obligations, due to the COVID-19 crisis and the City and Department's efforts to tackle its effects, the actual production of records responsive to your request (if any) may be delayed if Department resources are needed to perform critical functions or are constrained due to the pandemic.  The Department greatly appreciates your patience during this difficult time, as the entire community and nation deals with this unusual and serious situation.  During this crisis, the Department would also ask that requesters consider postponing the submission of any requests that can wait until after the immediate crisis has abated.

 

 

If you have any questions, please respond to this e-mail.

 

 

Respectfully,

 

LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #20-4796:

Dear Requester:

 

I have reviewed your California Public Records Act request. 

 

Please be advised that, pursuant to California Government Code Section 6253(c), I have found that “unusual circumstances” exist with respect to the request due to the need to search for, collect, and review the requested records from other Department entities which are separate from the office processing the request.  Therefore, my staff will require the statutory fourteen days extension of time in which to respond.  A determination concerning your request will be made as soon as possible.

 

If you have any questions regarding this correspondence, simply respond to this email. 

 

Respectfully,

LAPD Discovery Section CPRA Unit

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #20-4796:

Dear Requester:

 

Please be advised that the Department continues to search for, identify, and/or review responsive records and will respond as soon as practicable.  Thank you for your continued patience.

 

Respectfully,

 

LAD Discovery, CPRA Unit

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

A document has been released for record request #20-4796:

* ANNUAL REPORT 2019 FINAL 61720v64 (5).pdf

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

Record request #20-4796 has been closed. The closure reason supplied was:

Dear Requester:

 

We reviewed your request for responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation

 

Your request was made under the California Public Records Act (the Act). The Department is cognizant of its responsibilities under the Act. It recognizes the statutory scheme was enacted to maximize citizen access to the workings of government. The Act does not mandate disclosure of all documents within the government’s possession. Rather, by specific exemption and reference to other statutes, the Act recognizes that there are boundaries where the public’s right to access must be balanced against such weighty considerations as the right of privacy, a right of constitutional dimension under California Constitution, Article 1, Section 1. The law also exempts from disclosure records that are privileged or confidential or otherwise exempt under either express provisions of the Act or pursuant to applicable federal or state law, per California Government Code Sections 6254(b); 6254(c); 6254(f); 6254(k); and 6255.

 

With regards to your request for officer complaint information, please be advised that such information is found within police officer personal records and is generally exempt from disclosure under Penal Code Section 832.7 and release of such information is governed by provisions of that statute.

 

However, Annual Complaint Reports going back to 2007 are available to the public at: http://www.lapdonline.org/office_of_constitutional_policing_and_policy

 

Since the 2019 report has not been uploaded to the website the responsive documents for 2019 have been provided to you.  The 2020 report is currently unavailable.

 

Also, you can access the Chief Administrative Office website at:  http://cao.lacity.org/budget/index.htm which has budget and financial information that includes access to the white book of the adopted budget. In Volume II, under “Liability Claims”, there is a line for Police Payouts within the budget.

 

For more detailed information on litigation against the LAPD, you can contact the City Attorney’s office at 213-978-8130 and ask to speak with Bethelwel Wilson or Frank Mateljan.

 

If you have any questions, please respond to this email.

 

Respectfully,

 

LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

Record request #20-4796 has been published and is now available for public view.

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hi there,

Thanks so much for sending this report. Could you please also provide the more specific requested materials regarding settlements and other compensation/expeditures?

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #20-4796:

HI,

I am sending the portion of our response that gives you information on where to find litigation information and who to contact if you need further information or specifics of settlements.

 

You can access the Chief Administrative Office website at:  http://cao.lacity.org/budget/index.htm which has budget and financial information that includes access to the white book of the adopted budget. In Volume II, under “Liability Claims”, there is a line for Police Payouts within the budget.

 

For more detailed information on litigation against the LAPD, you can contact the City Attorney’s office at 213-978-8130 and ask to speak with Bethelwel Wilson or Frank Mateljan.

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Wilson,

I received a call back from Frank Cordero, who was following up on a voicemail I left earlier today. He recommended I email you, because I would like to get a more robust response to my CPRA request to the LAPD about that department's legal settlements. That office had suggested I get in touch with you. I'veprovided a copy of my initial request below.

Thanks so much for your help, and I'll look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,
Beryl
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To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency.

Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation.

In particular, materials responsive to this request include all reports, lists, databases, spreadsheets, and other documentation detailing incidents of legal claims or other allegations requiring compensation for claimants, attorneys, or any other party.

If spreadsheets or similar documents are available in response to this request, please provide all segregable data, including but not limited to:

The nature of the claim or legal matter
The claimant and other parties involved
The relevant case and tracking numbers for court and internal systems
The date the lawsuit was served or litigation commenced
The final disposition or current status of the case, including whether a case is still pending
The amount spent to date as a result of the legal engagement
The amount paid to any parties related to the legal claim, including any city payout and any non-monetary compensation

If you have any questions about this request, please contact the email address associated with this request or leave a message at 617-299-1832.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Los Angeles Police Department

Hello Beryl,

I apologize for not being reachable by my office phone, as I have been
working from home for the past several months. Other reporters have made
requests identical or similar to yours. This excel spreadsheet is what we
provided them with. I hope you find this information satisfactory.

Warm Regards,

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*Bethelwel Wilson*
Deputy City Attorney

General Counsel Division

Los Angeles City Attorney's Office

200 N. Main Street, 8th Floor
City Hall East, Mail Stop 140

Los Angeles, CA 90012
bethelwel.wilson@lacity.org

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