Lists of civil lawsuits brought against Philadelphia PD

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Philadelphia Law Department of Philadelphia, PA.
Tracking # 2014-0903
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records. Please also see the official Right To Know Law form I submitted in conjunction with with this request

I request:

Copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created since Jan. 1, 2009 that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism your department uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that your department submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department.

This request should be construed to include documents compiled quarterly, annually, or in other increments as well as documents or databases that contain responsive information over a longer time span.

I request that all fees be waived for this request because I am a journalist -- employed by the Boston Globe and MuckRock -- and intend to use the requested information to educate the public.

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,

Todd Feathers

From: Todd Feathers

Please see the attached Right-To-Know request.

From: RightToKnowLaw

Mr. Feathers,

Although both of your emails, below, indicated that they contained an attachment, no attachments were present. If you intended to submit an attachment, please re-send.

Respectfully,

Benjamin S. Mishkin
Open Records Officer & Assistant City Solicitor
Pensions & Investments Division
City of Philadelphia Law Department
1515 Arch Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 683-5022 (Phone)
(215) 683-5069 (Fax)

THIS MESSAGE CONTAINS INFORMATION WHICH MAY BE CONFIDENTIAL & PRIVILEGED. UNLESS YOU ARE THE ADDRESSEE (OR AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE FOR THE ADDRESSEE), YOU MAY NOT USE, COPY OR DISCLOSE TO ANYONE THE MESSAGE OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE MESSAGE. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE MESSAGE IN ERROR PLEASE ADVISE THE SENDER BY REPLY E-MAIL, AND DELETE THE MESSAGE.

From: Todd Feathers

Mr. Mishkin,

My apologies for the confusion. I've attached the request form below (I believe), but I'm also sending it from another email address as a precaution. I would appreciate it if you could continue to respond to this email address with all communications related to this request.

Thanks so much for your time and help,
Todd Feathers

From: Jeffrey Cohen

Dear Mr. Feathers,

Please see the City's attached initial response to your Right To Know Act request.

Jeffrey Cohen
Volunteer Attorney, Pensions & Investments Division
City of Philadelphia Law Department
1515 Arch Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 683-5457 (Phone)
(215) 683-5069 (Fax)

THIS MESSAGE CONTAINS INFORMATION WHICH MAY BE CONFIDENTIAL & PRIVILEGED. UNLESS YOU ARE THE ADDRESSEE (OR AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE FOR THE ADDRESSEE), YOU MAY NOT USE, COPY OR DISCLOSE TO ANYONE THE MESSAGE OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE MESSAGE. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE MESSAGE IN ERROR PLEASE ADVISE THE SENDER BY REPLY E-MAIL, AND DELETE THE MESSAGE.

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

I would like to revise the below-mentioned request so as to reduce the burden on your agency of retrieving the records. I had requested:

"Copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents created since Jan. 1, 2009 that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department. This should include any documentation mechanism your department uses to track lawsuits. It should also include any documents that your department submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department."

After corresponding with other police departments, I would like to reduce my request to the following:

A single list of all civil rights and tort lawsuits brought against the Philadelphia Police Department since Jan. 1, 2009 that have since been closed and are no longer pending litigation. If possible, I would also like the disposition for those closed cases and any settlement or judgment amounts paid as a result.

Thank you for your help, and I apologize for the inconvenience.

Todd Feathers

From: RightToKnowLaw


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