|March 11, 2021
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:
1. the total number of use of force incidents, separated by type of force used in 2020 (for example, “27 taser incidents in 2020, 3 baton incidents in 2020, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained in 2020.
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained in 2020.
4. the total number of civilian complaints alleging biased policing or racial profiling that were reported and the total number sustained in 2020.
5. the total number of civilian complaints alleging criminal conduct that were reported and the total number sustained in 2020.
6. all information reported to the FBI’s National Use-of-Force Data Collection program to date.
Note that my requests for civilian complaints are specifically for civilian complaints alleging police misconduct, please do not include complaints filed by one officer/the department against another officer.
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.
To the Attention of Samuel Sinyangwe
You sent a letter requesting various numbers involving Use of Force. To better expedite your request, please visit our online Public Records Center and summit your request using the "Media Inquires tab. This will prioritize your request.
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Manatee County Sheriff's Office
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Samuel Sinyangwe MuckRock News 411A Highland Ave Somerville MA 02144
Regarding your public record request given reference number M000147-032521 for tracking purposes, responsive records are attached to this e-mail and are now available for download on the public records portal. The rest of the information you were inquiring about is as follows, 121 citizen complaints filed in 2020, 3 citizen complaints of excessive UOF - 0 sustained, 2 citizen complaints of bias policing - 0 sustained, 2 citizen complaints of criminal conduct - 1 sustained. The last part, this Information can be obtained from FBI National UOF Data Collection program. To download the records, CLICK HERE . No redactions were necessary. There is no payment due at this time. If you have questions or concerns regarding your request, please call (941) 747-3011. Sincerely,
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