BLM comms (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department of Nashville, TN.
Multi Request BLM comms
Est. Completion None
Fix Required


From: Kent Hoover

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Emails, letters, and memos to or from police/law enforcement unions, the National Guard, or federal officials between May 1, 2020 and the present.

I also request copies of emails containing any of the following: "protest", "protests", "Black Lives Matter", "BLM", "riot", "riots", "antifa", "antifascist", "anti-fascist", or "militia".

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Please note that I am a citizen of Tennessee, and am using MuckRock's services to help manage and track my request.


Kent Hoover

From: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

Good Morning,

In order for this to be an official request, you will need to complete the attached 720 form. Once you have completed the 720 form, please send that back along with a copy of your Tennessee photo ID.

Processing will not begin until we have received both the completed 720 form and a copy of your Tennessee photo ID.

Thank you,
Central Records

From: Muckrock Staff

Please find the form and photo attached.


MuckRock Staff for Kent Hoover


From: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

Good Afternoon,

A Labor fee letter has been sent to the Tennessee Requestor on 06/16/2020.

Thank you

Central Records

From: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Emma North-Best

eDiscovery tools make the search process simple and trivial, and render it pointless to have everyone perform individual searches. Therefore, no payment will be made for that as statute and caselaw both require that you use the most cost effective methods and employees for these searches, lest they effectively become barriers to thwart sunshine laws.

From: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

A Labor fee letter was sent to the Tennessee Requestor on 06/16/2020 with an acknowledgement expiration date of 07/01/2020.
Please note our response below from June 16, 2020.
Central Records