Police Liability payout record request from Sun Sentinel (Town Clerk)

Mario Ariza filed this request with the Town Clerk of Miami Lakes, 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

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.


Mario Ariza

From: Town Clerk

Good morning Mr. Ariza,

I hope this email finds you well.

The Town of Miami Lakes does not have responsive documents to your PRR because we outsource, we contract out our police services with Miami-Dade County.
Please take note that all Public Records requests regarding the Police Department must go thru Miami Dade County Police Department- the Town of Miami Lakes does not have their own police. For your convenience, I have copied Ms. Elaine Rahming, PCAS, in this email, so she can assist you better.

You can also click on the following link and get access to the Town Website Public Record Request Portal. Please make sure to click on the Police Records Tab.

Thank you and have a blessed day,

Ms. Rahming,

Please confirm receipt of this email and assist Mr. Ariza with his public record request.

Thank you,

Gina M. Inguanzo | Town Clerk
Town of Miami Lakes
6601 Main Street
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
(305) 364-6100 Ext. 1138
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Mr. Ariza,

For your public records request please go Online to https://www.8.miamidade.gov/global/publicrecords/search.page
or call 305 417-2085 this is Miami Dade Police Departments Central Records Bureau. They will guide you to the correct
departments to complete your records request.

Elaine Rahming, PCAS