Operation Something Bruin (NC DOJ)

Donald Triplett III filed this request with the Department of Justice of North Carolina.


From: Donald Triplett III

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to North Carolina Public Records Law (G.S. §§ 132-1 through 132-10), I hereby request the following documents:

Any and all copies of the following related to the multi-agency initiative entitled "Operation Something Bruin":
Written correspondence, contracts, agreements between agencies, budgets, investigative reports, press releases, digital media (photos, videos, etc), and documents related to internal investigations. This may include, but is not limited to, correspondence or complaints received by the DOJ requesting an investigation of the Operation, and any resulting action taken by the DOJ.

In terms of investigative reports that the DOJ may hold, please release all records/documents than can be released under § 132-1.4 (c)(1-6). This would include, but would not be limited to, "the time, date, location, and nature of a violation or apparent violation of the law reported to a public law enforcement agency" (c) (1), as well as the "the time, date, location, and nature of a violation or apparent violation of the law reported to a public law enforcement agency" (c) (3).

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Donald Triplett III

From: Donald Triplett III

To Whom It May Concern:

In my recent request for public records, I accidentally misrepresented what § 132-1.4 (c)(3) reads (I copied (c)(1) twice). (c)(3) reads: "The circumstances surrounding an arrest, including the time and place of the arrest, whether the arrest involved resistance, possession or use of weapons, or pursuit, and a description of any items seized in connection with the arrest."


Donald Triplett, III

From: Talley, Noelle

Mr. Triplett,
Thank you for your public records request, received in our Department on September 29, 2014. Your request has been forwarded to me here in the Public Information Office for a response.

The NC Department of Justice was not involved in Operation Something Bruin. You may wish to make your request of the US Department of Justice, since this appears to have been a federal operation: http://www.justice.gov/usao/ncw/pressreleases/2013/Charlotte-2013-06-14-somethingbruin.html.

If you are trying to contact the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, that is a separate state agency whose contact information is available on the agency's website: http://www.ncwildlife.org/


Noelle Talley
Public Information Officer
Attorney General Roy Cooper
N.C. Department of Justice
Desk: (919) 716-6484
After hours: (919) 218-1255

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From: Donald Triplett III

Dear Ms. Talley,

In response to a public records request that I received from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC), I was provided with an email from someone at NC DOJ regarding 60-plus complaints submitted to the NC DOJ/Attorney General requesting an investigation into Operation Something Bruin and the undercover officers.

Although NC DOJ may not have been involved in the Operation itself, documents regarding the Operation still exist; I noted the 60-plus complaints and correspondence with WRC, but there may be further correspondence within the DOJ on how to handle the complaints, whether or not to investigate, etc.

Thank you for your time in this matter.


Donald Triplett, III

From: Donald Triplett III

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 29, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Winstead, Mary Scott

Mr. Triplett,

Thank you for your call regarding your previous public records request. Attached, please find copies of records responsive to your request.

Please note that the North Carolina Department of Justice no longer includes a criminal investigative agency, as the North Carolina General Assembly removed the NC State Bureau of Investigation from our department in August, 2014.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Mary Scott Winstead
Public Records Coordinator
Attorney General Roy Cooper
NC Department of Justice