Use of Force/Complaints Data (Merced Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Merced Police Department of Merced, CA.
Multi Request Use of Force/Complaints Data


From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. The total number of police use of force incidents, broken down by type of force used, between 2013-2017 (separated by year).
2. The total number of people that police used force against, between 2013-2017 (separated by year).
3. The total number of police use of force complaints reported between 2013-2017 (separated by year).
4. The total number of police use of force complaints sustained between 2013-2017 (separated by year).

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.


Samuel Sinyangwe


Mr. Sinyangwe,

The City of Merced is in receipt of your records request dated January 30, 2019. The City will respond on or before February 11, 2019 as required by the statute. Please send all correspondence to Thank you.

John Tresidder
Assistant City Clerk
City of Merced


Good Afternoon,

The City of Merced is currently compiling the requested information to your PRA regarding use of force numbers. The City of Merced is requesting a 14 day extension as allowed for in the act GC6253(c)(3) and will respond to your request on or before February 25th. Thank you.
6253(c) Each agency, upon a request for a copy of records, shall, within 10 days from receipt of the request, determine whether the request, in whole or in part, seeks copies of disclosable public records in the possession of the agency and shall promptly notify the person making the request of the determination and the reasons therefor. In unusual circumstances, the time limit prescribed in this section may be extended by written notice by the head of the agency or his or her designee to the person making the request, setting forth the reasons for the extension and the date on which a determination is expected to be dispatched. No notice shall specify a date that would result in an extension for more than 14 days. When the agency dispatches the determination, and if the agency determines that the request seeks disclosable public records, the agency shall state the estimated date and time when the records will be made available. As used in this section, “unusual circumstances” means the following, but only to the extent reasonably necessary to the proper processing of the particular request:
(3) The need for consultation, which shall be conducted with all practicable speed, with another agency having substantial interest in the determination of the request or among two or more components of the agency having substantial subject matter interest therein.

John Tresidder
Assistant City Clerk


Mr. Sinyangwe,

Please find attachments responsive to your request for use of force statistics and in the body of this message for numbers responsive to your request about complaints. The City of Merced Retention Policy is to keep 4 years on file, therefore, we do not have documents responsive for the 2013 year. Thank you.

1. See the attachments
2. See the attachments
3. Complaints
- 2014 = 0
- 2015 = 7
- 2016 = 1
- 2017 = 4
4. Sustained
- 2014 = 0
- 2015 = 1
- 2016 = 0
- 2017 = 0
John Tresidder
Assistant City Clerk



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