DHS Communications With Local Police (New York City Police Department)

Matthew Petti filed this request with the New York City Police Department of New York City, NY.
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Multi Request DHS Communications With Local Police


From: Matthew Petti

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All emails between any employee from your agency and any Department of Homeland Security email (*dhs.gov), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement email (*ice.gov), Customs and Border Protection email (*cbp.gov), or Department of Justice email (*justice.gov) sent and/or received from 13 July 2020 to 20 July 2020. Please include any attachments from responsive emails additional to the content. If any part of the records are exempt from public disclosure, please exercise your discretion to release any reasonably segregable portions of the records.

If your agency has multi-track processing for {law name} requests, I would like to request expedited processing for this request. Otherwise, please note that this request concerns information that is in the public interest to disclose as soon as possible.

On 15 July 2020, Federal agents in an unmarked car arrested protesters in Portland, Oregon, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf confirmed to National Public Radio. (https://www.npr.org/2020/07/17/892277592/federal-officers-use-unmarked-vehicles-to-grab-protesters-in-portland). While discussing the incident, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told Fox News on 19 July 2020 that "you’ll see something rolled out this week, as we start to go in and make sure that the communities—whether it’s Chicago or Portland or Milwaukee or someplace across the heartland of the country—we need to make sure their communities are safe." (https://twitter.com/TrumpWarRoom/status/1284906924740423681?)

Therefore, these records will contribute to public understanding of actual or alleged government activities, and there is an urgency to inform the public about the aforementioned activities.

I request that I be properly classified as a news media requester. I am a reporter for the National Interest, and I am requesting this information in that editorial capacity.

The National Interest is widely recognized for its reporting, publishing regular features on issues of public interest and importance. In addition, I have covered areas related to this request, and plan to use my editorial skills to analyze and produce original reporting work for millions of monthly readers at NationalInterest.org.

If you have any questions about my media status, please contact me.

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.


Matthew Petti

From: Matthew Petti

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following New York Freedom of Information Law request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 20, 2020. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: New York City Police Department

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has denied your FOIL request FOIL-2020-056-12106 for the following reasons: (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2020-056-12106)
In regard to the document(s) which you requested, I must deny access to these records on the basis of Public Officers Law Section 87(2)(e)(i) as such records/information, if disclosed would interfere with law enforcement investigations or judicial proceedings.
Please visit FOIL-2020-056-12106 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-2020-056-12106) foilappeals@nypd.org within 30 days. (mailto:foilappeals@nypd.org?subject=FOIL-2020-056-12106%20-%20Appeal)


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