New York Freedom of Information Act. Request: Death Investigation of Titi Cree Branch- supporting documentation (Office Of The Chief Medical Examiner, New York)

Deacon Townsend filed this request with the Office Of The Chief Medical Examiner, New York of New York.
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FOIL-2019-816-00872

Multi Request New York Freedom of Information Act. Request: Death Investigation of Titi Cree Branch- supporting documentation
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From: Deacon Townsend


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

Initial death scene investigation case notes including scene video/photo’s/illustrations/diagrams, the autopsy report, conducted by Medical Examiner ....

Follow up death scene investigation case notes including video/photo’s/illustrations/diagrams, the autopsy report, conducted by Medical Examiner ....

Any other related Medical Examiner case notes, documents not mentioned (excluding autopsy and lab reports).

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Deacon Townsend

From: Office Of The Chief Medical Examiner, New York

Your request FOIL-2019-816-00872 has been successfully submitted to the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME).
The details of your request are shown below.

Request Title: Death Investigation of Titi Cree Branch- supporting documentation

Request Description: To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

Initial death scene investigation case notes including scene video/photo’s/illustrations/diagrams, the autopsy report, conducted by Medical Examiner ....

Follow up death scene investigation case notes including video/photo’s/illustrations/diagrams, the autopsy report, conducted by Medical Examiner ....

Any other related Medical Examiner case notes, documents not mentioned (excluding autopsy and lab reports).

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Deacon Townsend

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From: Office Of The Chief Medical Examiner, New York

The NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has denied your FOIL request FOIL-2019-816-00872 for the following reasons: (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2019-816-00872)
Your request under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) is denied. Please see the attached determination letter.
Hello,

In response to your Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) request, received on September 18, 2019 as follows:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records: Initial death scene investigation case notes including scene video/photo’s/illustrations/diagrams, the autopsy report, conducted by Medical Examiner .... Follow up death scene investigation case notes including video/photo’s/illustrations/diagrams, the autopsy report, conducted by Medical Examiner .... Any other related Medical Examiner case notes, documents not mentioned (excluding autopsy and lab reports).

Please be advised that the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (“OCME”) does not release decedent records/autopsy reports pursuant to FOIL.

If you are a non-family member, you can obtain a copy of the ME case file by submitting a Letter of Request to OCME’s Records Department. The Letter of Request should include: (1) your name, (2) the decedent’s name, (3) the decedent’s ME Case Number, (4) a return address, and (5) your signature.

In addition, the above records request must be submitted with an original, notarized authorization from decedent’s next-of-kin which states that such records may be released to you (next-of-kin are spouse/domestic partner, and blood relatives, like a first cousin or closer). The authorization must also contain the authorizer’s relationship to the decedent; if the authorizer’s relationship to the decedent is legal (e.g., Executor, Administrator, Power of Attorney) rather than familial, a copy of the documentation establishing that relationship (e.g., Letters Testamentary, Letters of Administration, Power of Attorney + Letters of Administration/Testamentary) must accompany the authorization.

OCME does not accept requests via email or fax.

The written request for decedent records, along with the requisite authorization (and other documents, as applicable), should be submitted by mail to:

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Attention: Records Department
421 East 26th Street, 4 th Floor
New York, New York 10016

Additionally, you can find more information about requesting decedent records/autopsy reports on OCME’s website at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/ocme/about/faq.page or you can call OCME’s Family Service Center at 212-447-2030.

If you wish to appeal this decision, you may do so within thirty (30) days of its receipt.  You may appeal to: Leslie C. Kamelhar, Esq., FOIL Appeals Officer, Office of Chief Medical Examiner, 421 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Please feel free to email me back should you have any questions.

Thank you,

Melanie L. Rios
Records Access Officer


Please visit FOIL-2019-816-00872 to view additional information and take any necessary action. You may appeal the decision to deny access to material that was redacted in part or withheld in entirety by contacting the agency's FOIL Appeals Officer: (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2019-816-00872) ocmefoilappeals@ocme.nyc.gov within 30 days. (mailto:ocmefoilappeals@ocme.nyc.gov?subject=FOIL-2019-816-00872%20-%20Appeal)
Request Information:
Request Title: Death Investigation of Titi Cree Branch- supporting documentation
Request Description: To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

Initial death scene investigation case notes including scene video/photo’s/illustrations/diagrams, the autopsy report, conducted by Medical Examiner ....

Follow up death scene investigation case notes including video/photo’s/illustrations/diagrams, the autopsy report, conducted by Medical Examiner ....

Any other related Medical Examiner case notes, documents not mentioned (excluding autopsy and lab reports).

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Deacon Townsend

Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Foffice-of-the-chief-medical-examiner-new-york-16789%252Fnew-york-freedom-of-information-act-request-death-investigation-of-titi-cree-branch-supporting-documentation-office-of-the-chief-medical-examiner-new-york-79360%252F%253Femail%253D%252522NYC.gov%252522%252B%25253Cnoreply%252540nyc.gov%25253E&url_auth_token=AABPyOhDsFdJ725ZjyT_rN0ar9g%3A1iAb9H%3AZueRpJyPoF33SwndsjC_wDpX9rY

From: Office Of The Chief Medical Examiner, New York

Hello,

In response to your Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) request, received on September 18, 2019 as follows:

“Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records: Initial death scene investigation case notes including scene video/photo’s/illustrations/diagrams, the autopsy report, conducted by Medical Examiner .... Follow up death scene investigation case notes including video/photo’s/illustrations/diagrams, the autopsy report, conducted by Medical Examiner .... Any other related Medical Examiner case notes, documents not mentioned (excluding autopsy and lab reports)."

Please be advised that the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (“OCME”) does not release decedent records/autopsy reports pursuant to FOIL.

If you are a non-family member, you can obtain a copy of the ME case file by submitting a Letter of Request to OCME’s Records Department. The Letter of Request should include: (1) your name, (2) the decedent’s name, (3) the decedent’s ME Case Number, (4) a return address, and (5) your signature.

In addition, the above records request must be submitted with an original, notarized authorization from decedent’s next-of-kin which states that such records may be released to you (next-of-kin are spouse/domestic partner, and blood relatives, like a first cousin or closer). The authorization must also contain the authorizer’s relationship to the decedent; if the authorizer’s relationship to the decedent is legal (e.g., Executor, Administrator, Power of Attorney) rather than familial, a copy of the documentation establishing that relationship (e.g., Letters Testamentary, Letters of Administration, Power of Attorney + Letters of Administration/Testamentary) must accompany the authorization.

OCME does not accept requests via email or fax.

The written request for decedent records, along with the requisite authorization (and other documents, as applicable), should be submitted by mail to:

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Attention: Records Department

421 East 26th Street, 4th Floor

New York, New York 10016

Additionally, you can find more information about requesting decedent records/autopsy reports on OCME’s website at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/ocme/about/faq.page, or you can call OCME’s Family Service Center at 212-447-2030.

If you wish to appeal this decision, you may do so within thirty (30) days of its receipt. You may appeal to: Leslie C. Kamelhar, Esq., FOIL Appeals Officer, Office of Chief Medical Examiner, 421 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Please feel free to email me back should you have any questions.

Thank you,

Melanie L. Rios
Records Access Officer

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