Use of force detail data 2008-2016 (Madison Police Department)

Aileen Johnson filed this request with the Madison Police Department of Madison, WI.
Multi Request Use of force detail data 2008-2016
Est. Completion None
No Responsive Documents


From: Aileen Johnson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Wisconsin Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Use of force data with detail summaries for all use of force incidents from 2008-2016. Please provide the following details for each incident:

Date (year, month, day) of the incident, subject race, officer race, type of force used, whether there was subject injury, and whether there was officer injury.

I prefer csv spreadsheet format (or pdf) where each row represents an incident. Here is an example of the data I'm looking for (

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.


A. Johnson

From: Madison Police Department

Your email request has been received and placed in our processing queue. Due to the volume of requests, the estimated processing time is as follows:

. Standard records request (reports/video/photos)- approximately 6-8 weeks

* Contacts, calls for service or background checks- 2 weeks.

You will be contacted when your request has been completed.

If you are requesting a crash report, these are maintained at the Department of Transportation. They can be contacted directly at or by calling (608) 266-8753 (and selecting option 3). For processing this request, you will need the DOT document number located in the upper right corner of the Driver Exchange of Information Form. This document number will begin with 9B or 01L. Crash reports are available from DOT approximately 2 weeks after the date of the crash.

If you need any further information, please visit our website at<> or call (608) 266-4075 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Thank you for contacting Madison Police Records.

From: Madison Police Department

A Johnson,

This email is reply to your public records request dated 7.1.2020 for Madison Police Department data for use of force 2008-2016. The Madison Police Department did not create data for use of force prior to 2016. All MPD Use of Force data is available to the public on the website. Prior to 2016, these records are embedded in the case files and are not accessible without knowing a police case number. This request is closed with no responsive records.

After a thorough search, I have determined no record exists in the Madison Police Department related to your request.“[T]he public records law does not require an authority to provide requested information if no record exists, or to simply answer questions about a topic of interest to the requester. “Journal Times, 2015 WI 56, ¶ 55 (citation omitted); see also State ex rel. Zinngrabe v. Sch. Dist. of Sevastopol, 146 Wis. 2d 629, 431 N.W.2d 734 (Ct. App. 1988). However, if no responsive record exists, the records custodian should inform the requester. Cf. State ex rel. Zinngrabe, 146 Wis. 2d 629.


Julie A. Laundrie
Madison Police Department
Public Records Custodian<>
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