CCRB files of NYPD officers

Avinash Samarth filed this request with the Civilian Complaint and Review Board of New York City, NY.
Tracking #

2020-054-00132

Due June 19, 2020
Est. Completion March 17, 2021
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Avinash Samarth


To Whom It May Concern:

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

The full and entire Civilian Complaint Review Board ("CCRB") file, including without limitation any and all documents describing:
A. Substantiated complaints;
B. Unsubstantiated complaints;
C. Allegations or informal or formal charges;
D. Investigation, including without limitation any and all interview transcripts, audio, video, or notes and any photos or videos of an alleged incident;
E. CCRB proceedings, including without limitation transcripts and exhibits;
F. Findings, statements, opinions, transcripts, or any other document created by any NYPD agencies, district attorney offices, or courts;
G. Correspondence, including without limitation any and all correspondence with the subject officer, any other officers, any victims or complainants, any other witnesses, and any district attorney's office;
H. Findings, including without limitation reports or memoranda or opinions of factual findings, dispositions, or analysis of conduct;
I. Recommendations for discipline; and
J. Discipline;

For the following New York Police Department ("NYPD") officers:
A. Daniel Pantaleo
B. Darryl Schwartz
C. Ronald Hobson
D. Vincent D'Andraia
E. Edward McClain
F. John Zorilla (shield #22991)
G. Miguel Frias (shield #1309)
H. Robert Jaquez
I. Maurice Harrington (shield #6286)
J. Ramon Castro
K. Brandon Gembecki (shield #1517)
L. Michael Cautillo
M. Jamel Watson

I am happy to accept each officer's file separately, should some files be available for production earlier than others.

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,

Avinash Samarth

From: Civilian Complaint and Review Board

Your request FOIL-2020-054-00132 has been successfully submitted to the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB).
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You can view the request and take any necessary action at the following webpage: https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2020-054-00132. (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2020-054-00132)

From: Civilian Complaint and Review Board

The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) has acknowledged your FOIL request FOIL-2020-054-00132. (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2020-054-00132) You can expect a response on or about Monday, November 2, 2020.
Additional Information:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an influx of requests due to the repeal of 50-a, responses to FOIL requests may take longer than usual.

Please visit FOIL-2020-054-00132 to view additional information and take any necessary action. (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2020-054-00132)

From: Avinash Samarth

Hello,

It has been six business days and I have not received any indication of an approximate date by which the CCRB will respond to the request, as required by law. Could you please provide me with an estimate?

Thank you,
Avinash Samarth

From: Avinash Samarth

Thank you for your response. I am very concerned about the estimated date for production of these records, particularly because I am requesting files that should already be compiled. Is there any way I can limit or restructure the request to make it easier for you to produce these files earlier?

From: Avinash Samarth

Hello,

I am following up on this request. I am concerned that you will take over four months to respond to this request. If there's anything I can do to narrow the request to make it easier for production, please let me know. You can reach me at avinash@nsbcivilrights.com.

Sincerely,
Avinash Samarth, Esq.

From: Civilian Complaint and Review Board

The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) has extended the time to respond to your FOIL request FOIL-2020-054-00132 for the following reasons: (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2020-054-00132) You can expect a response on or about Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Additional Information:

Due to the ongoing litigation in Uniformed Fire Officers Association, et. al. v. Bill de Blasio, et. al., 20-cv-05441-KPF, additional time is required to review the records and determine what information can be released.

Please visit FOIL-2020-054-00132 to view additional information and take any necessary action. (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2020-054-00132)

From: Civilian Complaint and Review Board

The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) has extended the time to respond to your FOIL request FOIL-2020-054-00132 for the following reasons: (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2020-054-00132) You can expect a response on or about Thursday, March 17, 2022.

Additional Information:


Please be advised that the CCRB has an extreme backlog of FOIL requests that have been accumulating since July 2020 when the Court imposed a stay in Uniformed Fire Officers Association, et. al. v. Bill de Blasio, et. al., 20-cv-05441-KPF. You have requested a substantial number of case files. We appreciate your patience and will get to your request as soon as feasible.

You can look up the officers' CCRB histories here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/ccrb/policy/MOS-records.page
If you can provide specific case numbers for which you would like additional documents or can otherwise be more specific in your request, we may be able to fill it more quickly. Additionally, if you are willing to accept written summaries of interviews in lieu of the actual recordings, that may also speed up the processing.
If you no longer seek some or all of these records or otherwise wish to amend your request, please send an email stating such to FOIL@ccrb.nyc.gov.

Please visit FOIL-2020-054-00132 to view additional information and take any necessary action. (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2020-054-00132)

From: Avinash Samarth

Could you first send me the written summaries of interviews as a provisional response, and then send me the actual recordings later? As I mentioned in my June 17, 2020 request, I am happy to accept files on a rolling basis.

From: Civilian Complaint and Review Board

Mr. Samarth,

I received your letter requesting an updated date that your request will be fulfilled. In the correspondence sent in March 2021, the date March 17, 2022 was provided. As noted in that correspondence, the CCRB has an extreme backlog of FOIL requests that accumulated from July 2020 when the Court imposed a stay in Uniformed Fire Officers Association, et. al. v. Bill de Blasio, et. al., 20-cv-05441-KPF. This stay was not lifted until March 2021. We appreciate your patience.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Levy, Esq.
Records Access Officer

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