|Submitted||Aug. 26, 2014|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the state open records law, Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 39-121 to 39-122 and 39-128, I hereby request the following records:
Copies of all reports, lists, or databases detailing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the city's police department since 2009. This should include requests for, or documentation of, funds used to cover settlement agreements, court costs, or other expenses related to lawsuits.
This request should be construed to include any document submitted to, compiled by, or in any way maintained by the city council that lists lawsuits brought against the police department between 2009-2013. If a document exists that contains the requested information for some, but not all of the above mentioned years, please include that/those document(s).
I request that fees be waived because I am a journalist -- employed by the Boston Globe and MuckRock news -- and intend to use the requested documents in the interest of educating the public and not for any commercial reasons.
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.
Our office has received your Public Records Request, which you can find
below. The appropriate department will follow up with you when the
information is gathered.
Easier and more convenient to find public records
The city of Phoenix receives many requests for a variety of records - some
of which the city maintains while others are maintained by other
government agencies. On phoenix.gov/publicrecords you can find a listing
of some of the most commonly requested records along with the appropriate
contact information and website for your convenience.
Your public records request was referred to me. In an effort to provide
the substantive information that you are seeking, I asked the City's Risk
Management Division to run a report on Lawsuits served from 1-1-09 to
12-31-13. The attached report shows each claim number, claimant name,
whether the case went into litigation, status of O-open, R-Reopen and
F-Final/Closed, and amounts paid in Bodily Injury, Property Damage,
Expense and Legal Expense. I hope that this satisfies your request.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like additional information
regarding any particular case.
Sharon K. Haynes, Assistant Chief Counsel
City of Phoenix Law Department
200 West Washington Street, Room 1300
Phoenix, Arizona 85003-1611
telephone: (602) 262-6765
facsimile: (602) 534-2487
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----- Forwarded by Sharon Haynes/LAW/PHX on 09/02/2014 02:09 PM -----
Thank you so much. That has got to be the quickest response to a records request I've ever received, and as somebody who does this a lot I can't tell you ho much I appreciate it.