Records request from BuzzFeed News: Incident reports for crimes of aggravated assault

Peter Aldhous filed this request with the Mobile Police Department of Mobile, AL.


From: Peter Aldhous

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Alabama's Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Police incident or arrest reports for all crimes of aggravated assault recorded in 2016 (including descriptions of the incident).

Because aggregated statistics on these crimes are reported annually to the FBI under the Uniform Crime Reporting program by your agency, I believe you retain these records.

This request is made as part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations including BuzzFeed News, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Please note that while I'm making this request using a Massachusetts based website, I myself am a resident of Alabama. Please contact me at the email address below if you need proof of residency.

Connor Sheets

From: Mobile Police Department

The request has been rejected by the agency.

From: Mobile Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.