Facial recognition/false arrest lawsuits

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Hennepin County Attorney of Minneapolis, MN.
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, I hereby request the following records:

1) Copies of any notices of potential legal action (such as an intent to sue letter), formal legal complaints, or comparable documents sent to the department regarding cases of alleged misidentification by police facial recognition technology since Jan. 1, 2018. This should include notices/complaints regarding civil lawsuits that are open as well as closed. In the event the department does not have the record-keeping capacity to locate cases relating to a category such as police facial recognition false identifications, I ask that you inquire with department employees who would be knowledgeable about such cases in order to identify responsive documents.

2) Any settlement documents relating to cases responsive to the above aspect of this request.

3) A list, database, spreadsheet, or comparable document detailing each false arrest lawsuit brought against the law enforcement department(s) represented by your agency since Jan. 1, 2018, including, where available, the name of the plaintiff, the name of the defendant, the court docket number, date filed, date settled, settlement amount, and any other details available through the department's case management system.

I ask that all fees be waived as I am a journalist and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest and not for any commercial purpose.

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.


Todd Feathers

From: Hennepin County Attorney

We received your request
Reference number: D023233-122920
Date received: December 29, 2020
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From: Hennepin County Attorney

RE: Your data request reference # D023233-122920
Dear Todd Feathers:
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has completed processing your data request dated 12/29/2020.
Based on the information provided, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has no responsive records for your request. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office via the Data Request Portal
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