|Marsha P. Johnson
|Jan. 17, 2019
|June 10, 2019
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:
Any files related to Marsha P. Johnson, born as Malcolm Michaels, Jr. Media has reported extensively on Marsha P. Johnson's death: https://www.theroot.com/was-marsha-p-johnson-killed-because-of-her-lgbt-activi-1819044889, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/obituaries/overlooked-marsha-p-johnson.html
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.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has acknowledged your FOIL request FOIL-2019-056-01319. You can expect a response on or about Monday, June 10, 2019.
Your request has been assigned to Detective Halk (646-610-6430)
Please visit FOIL-2019-056-01319 to view additional information and take any necessary action.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has closed your FOIL request FOIL-2019-056-01319 for the following reasons: (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2019-056-01319) In regard to the document(s) which you requested, this unit is unable to locate records responsive to your request based on the information you provided. Your request under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) is being closed because this agency does not have the records requested. You should direct your request to a different agency.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 days. (mailto:email@example.com?subject=FOIL-2019-056-01319%20-%20Appeal)
I am appealing the integrity of FOIL-2019-056-01319 and the search for files on Marsha P. Johnson in its entirety. The NYPD investigated Johnson's death before claiming it to be a suicide, and the case was reopened for investigation in the 2000s. (Source: https://www.forensicmag.com/article/2017/09/undetermined-death-marsha-p-johnson)
Please conduct another search, as there should be responsive documents.
Please see attached appeal determination along with responsive records. Thank you.
Sergeant Jordan S. Mazur
Records Access Appeals Officer
NYPD Legal Bureau
1 Police Plaza, Room 1406
New York, NY 10038
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Hello Sergeant Mazur,
First of all, thank you so much for providing these documents -- this was very helpful.
One of the documents provided by the NYPD states that Marsha P. Johnson/Malcolm Michaels was previously known to the department under NYSID#1066395H, thus indicating that there could be more documents. Could you please search for these documents? I've attached a screenshot of where it says that in the NYPD files.
I am appealing this, as I believe that there are files that are responsive to this request that were not included. While the files provided were helpful, it is mentioned within them that another responsive file exists that would fall under the parameters of my request. I have attached a screenshot of where this file is mentioned.