|Multi Request||Files on White Nationalist Groups MA|
|Submitted||Feb. 12, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
A copy of all documents, memos, communications, arrest records, permit requests and surveillance files relating to the following political groups and members of said groups:
Boston Free Speech
American Guard New Hampshire
I'd also like to request any and all of the above types of files on Chris Hood, also known by his twitter handle "BDthanRed" and his instagram handle "thefuegofascist."
I am also seeking information including but not limited to participation of the aforementioned groups in the following events:
Boston Free Speech Rally, Aug. 19 2017
Boston Free Speech Rally/"Rally for the Republic", Nov. 18 2017
Boston Free Speech Rally, Aug. 18 2018
March for Our Lives, June 2 2018
Boston Women's March, Jan. 19 2019
I request that I be properly classified as a news media requester. I am an intern for MuckRock, and I am requesting this information in that editorial capacity. MuckRock is widely known for its investigative work as well as historical pieces based on public records requests.
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.
Good afternoon. I will be handling this request on behalf of MSP. Would you be able to provide a date range for this request?
Hi Jason, no problem! I'd like a copy of all files responsive to my request from 2015-the present.
Thank you, and let me know if you need any further information.
Thank you for your response. I will order the search with the specified terms with a date range of 1/1/15 - 2/19/19. Please note that your request seeks records for the specified groups as well as "members of said groups." While the keyword search will likely produce results, we do not have a list of individual names for the groups you specified. Therefore we cannot run a search using individual names unless you provide the names that you wish to be searched. I hope that makes sense. If not feel free to response with any questions or concerns.
Are you asking for the names of individuals involved in these groups who MA State Police may have files on? I have a few individual names, but was hoping that the search would turn up individuals affiliated with these groups simply by searching for the groups themselves as well. If this isn't the case, I can try to re-frame my request to be more specific and fruitful -- just let me know.
A few individual names I would like files on responsive to this request are:
Chris Hood (already specified in the original request), a resident of Malden, MA
Matt Wolf, a resident of Lowell, MA
Tyler Larson, a resident of Rochester, NY but active in groups and protests across MA
Thank you! Looking forward to hearing back.
The search may turn up names that you wish to further inquire about. But at this point I need to run a search with defined terms and provide a cost estimate based on the results. Otherwise I'd be guessing as to how many documents I need to review and redact. I can use the list of names from your last email and proceed or I can hold off on the search if you want to add more. Let me know what works best for you.
Okay, that makes sense. Please use the list of names from my last email as well as the keywords I specified in my original request, and if necessary I will submit another more detailed request after receiving any responsive files.
Good afternoon. The email search with specified keywords and names, after deduplication, produced 9,598 results. That does not include other documents/reports containing those keywords. A rough cost estimate for review/redaction of the emails alone will be close to $12,000. Given the sheer volume of this request, it is unknown when the final results would be produced. Would you like me to proceed and provide you with an official written cost estimate or would you prefer to try and narrow your search?
Please let me know.
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