FOIA - Philadelphia PD - July 5th OccupyICEPhl Footage

J Ader filed this request with the Philadelphia Police Department of Philadelphia, PA.
Tracking #


Due July 16, 2018
Est. Completion Sept. 6, 2018
Awaiting Response


From: J Ader

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

All photographs and/or recordings taken on July 5th, 2018 at the Occupy ICE camp (near the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Center City).

To help aid in the search of responsive files, here is an example of an officer from the Philadelphia Police Department recording video of protesters at this event: [archived link: ] There is also video of the PPD officers filming protesters here: (at the 2 min 53 seconds mark)

Here is a description of the event:
"Hundreds of protesters who withstood extreme heat and thunderstorms over four days served as Philly’s version of what’s become a national movement calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement by camping outside federal offices to “Occupy ICE” — a name that harks back to Occupy Wall Street, the 2011 nationwide protest against corporate greed that some say ushered in today’s Democratic Socialist movement.

The group had begun to create a tent city of sorts, complete with beach umbrellas and an inflatable unicorn with the words “No Cages” written on the side. But Philadelphia police raided the camp Thursday afternoon, and it was largely destroyed." [source: ]

I would kindly request that any responsive photographs and/or recordings be delivered in their original/unedited form.

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.


J Ader

From: Philadelphia Police Department


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From: Philadelphia Police Department

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA LAW DEPARTMENT One Parkway Building 1515 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 Marcel S. Pratt City Solicitor BY EMAIL: Re: FW: Pennsylvania Right to Know Act Request: FOIA - Philadelphia PD - July 5th OccupyICEPhl Footage Request #: 2077 Dear J Ader: Thank you for writing to the City of Philadelphia (“City”) with your request for information. A brief description of your request(s) as well as the City’s internal tracking number can be found below. Please note at the outset that requests for records to state and local agencies in Pennsylvania are generally governed by the Commonwealth’s Right-To-Know Law, 65 P.S. § 67.101 et seq., (the “Act” or “RTK Law”). Be advised that we will be asserting the City’s right to an additional thirty (30) calendar days to review the request as provided for by the Act. This right is being asserted for the following reasons: a) Bona fide staffing limitations (in retrieving and reviewing the record(s) requested); b) A legal review is necessary to determine whether the record(s) is a record(s) subject to access under the Act; c) To determine if the request requires the redaction of a public record(s); d) The extent or nature of the request precludes a response within the required time period. We will contact you regarding this request within thirty (30) calendar days as required by law. Respectfully, Jill I. Freeman Deputy City Solicitor (215) 683-5069 (fax) Tracking #: Ader 2077 Request Summary: All photographs and/or recordings taken on July 5th, 2018 at the Occupy ICE camp. Original Request:
Rec’d: 7/10/18

From: Philadelphia Police Department

Attached to this correspondence is the Philadelphia Police Department's 5 day acknowledgment to your right to know request.

Best :

Philadelphia Police Department

Open Records/Right-to-Know Section

750 Race Street, Rm. 203

Philadelphia, PA 19106

From: Philadelphia Police Department

Dear Mr. Ader,

The City is continuing to process your attached request, but requires additional time to do so. The City is currently processing a very large amount of Right to Know Law requests and appeals, which has considerably strained our capacity to respond.

Would you please grant the City a three (3) week extension of time, until 9/6/18, to respond to your attached request?

Russell T. Crotts, Esq.
Assistant City Solicitor, Right to Know Division
City of Philadelphia Law Department
1515 Arch Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 683-5403 (Phone)
(215) 683-5069 (Fax)

From: J Ader

Hi Mr. Crotts,

Yes, please go ahead and take a 3-week extension time. Do let me know when you have a response.

J. Ader