Police Liability payout record request from Sun Sentinel (Miami Beach Police Department)

Mario Ariza filed this request with the Miami Beach Police Department of Miami Beach, FL.
Multi Request Police Liability payout record request from Sun Sentinel
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From: Mario Ariza


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

I hope this message finds you well. This is a public records request from a member of a media organization, pursuant to Florida Statute 119. In furtherance of an article investigating police misconduct payouts across the county over the past decades, we are seeking documents that show how much your municipal corporation, its legal representatives, or its liability insurance carriers have paid out in civil court since 01/01/2010 because of the actions of its police professionals.

To that end, we kindly request the electronic delivery of an excel spreadsheet with the following information:
- An identifying number for the claim
- The loss date
- An incident indicator description (such as “excessive force, k-9 bite, false arrest/imprisonment, etc.)
- Incurred expenses
- Incurred liability
- Incurred legal expenses
- Paid legal expenses
- Paid total
- Incurred total

This records pull should be interpreted to cover both federal and state court claims. If some of the above figures are not available because of your accounting practices, please endeavor to provide us with as full a picture as possible of the $$$ paid out by your municipality due to lawsuits against its police officers over the past ten years.

Upon request, we can provide a spreadsheet obtained from the BSO that can serve as an example and guide for what we are looking for. Please do feel free to reach out via email or phone should you have any questions.

Very Best
Mario Alejandro Ariza
Federal Courts Reporter
South Florida Sun Sentinel
786.210.6548

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.

Sincerely,

Mario Ariza

From: Miami Beach Police Department

For Your Attention:
The City of Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD) has received your request for Public Records pursuant to Chapter 119 of the Florida Statute.
The MBPD will begin processing your request at its earliest convenience. Please be advised that requests seeking copies of official reports, photographs, audio and video recordings may take a substantial period of time to obtain in satisfaction of the request, and such delays are based upon the complexity and volume of records that are being requested. Further, requests which are narrowly tailored and specific may be completed in a shortened time period.
The MBPD will work diligently to fulfill your request as quickly as possible.
Respectfully,

Patrick W. Henry.
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Patrick W. Henry, Records Manager
Miami Beach Police Department
Technical Services Division, Records Unit
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Tel: 305-673-7776, ext 23035 / Fax: 305-673-7879
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From: Miami Beach Police Department

We are in receipt of your Public Records Request, and it has been forwarded to the following department(s) for handling: <br><br> Legal <br><br>Information requested: Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:
I hope this message finds you well. This is a public records request from a member of a media organization, pursuant to Florida Statute 119. In furtherance of an article investigating police misconduct payouts across the county over the past decades, we are seeking documents that show how much your municipal corporation, its legal representatives, or its liability insurance carriers have paid out in civil court since 01/01/2010 because of the actions of its police professionals.
To that end, we kindly request the electronic delivery of an excel spreadsheet with the following information:
- An identifying number for the claim
- The loss date
- An incident indicator description (such as “excessive force, k-9 bite, false arrest/imprisonment, etc.)
- Incurred expenses
- Incurred liability
- Incurred legal expenses
- Paid legal expenses
- Paid total
- Incurred total
This records pull should be interpreted to cover both federal and state court claims. If some of the above figures are not available because of your accounting practices, please endeavor to provide us with as full a picture as possible of the $$$ paid out by your municipality due to lawsuits against its police officers over the past ten years.
Upon request, we can provide a spreadsheet obtained from the BSO that can serve as an example and guide for what we are looking for. Please do feel free to reach out via email or phone should you have any questions.
Very Best
Mario Alejandro Ariza
Federal Courts Reporter
South Florida Sun Sentinel
786.210.6548
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.
<br><br>Please be advised that if the nature and/or volume of the public records requested to be inspected, examined or copied requires extensive use of information technology resources and/or extensive clerical or supervisory assistance by City personnel, you will be required to pay a service charge for the costs incurred for such extensive use of resources and/or assistance. The City will charge 15 cents for each copy provided, as well as for extensive labor costs (labor exceeding 30 minutes) involved in the responding to the records request.<br><br>

Note that your Public Records Request has been assigned PRR #27688 and IT PRR# (not applicable) . <br><br>Please reference said PRR # when communicating with the City regarding your request.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 673-7411 or researchrequest@miamibeachfl.gov .

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