Purchase records and 'less lethal' use records (Richmond Police Department)

John Lindsay-Poland filed this request with the Richmond Police Department of Richmond, CA.
Multi Request Purchase records and 'less lethal' use records
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From: John Lindsay-Poland

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. Purchase records, invoices, procurement documents and other documents sufficient to show any and all disbursement of public funds for the acquisition by your agency since July 1, 2015 of any of the following:
• Firearms of .50 caliber or greater
• Patrol rifles (as commonly denominated for law enforcement use) or assault rifles (as defined in Sections 30510 and 30515 of the California Penal Code)
• Wheeled vehicles that are built or modified to provide ballistic protection to their occupants, such as Bearcats or armored personnel carriers.
• Projectile launch platforms, such as 40mm projectile launchers, "bean bag" or specialty impact munition ("SIM") weapons, and "riot guns" used to disperse chemical agents
• Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD)

2. Purchase records, invoices, procurement documents and other documents sufficient to show any and all disbursement of public funds for the acquisition by your agency since July 1, 2018 of explosives and pyrotechnics, such as "flash bang" grenades and explosive breaching tools, and chemical weapons such as "teargas" and "pepper balls".

3. Records of deployment by your agency since January 1, 2020 of projectile launch platforms, such as 40mm projectile launchers, "bean bag" or specialty impact munition ("SIM") weapons, and "riot guns" used to disperse chemical agents; explosives and pyrotechnics, such as "flashbang" grenades and explosive breaching tools; and chemical weapons such as "teargas" and "pepper balls".

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.

If you would like to discuss this request, please feel free to reach out to me, John Lindsay-Poland, American Friends Service Committee, at 510-282-8983.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

John Lindsay-Poland

From: Richmond Police Department

Received.

Thank you,

Jasuara Castaneda
City Clerk Technician
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 620-6513 (Main)
(510) 620-6674 (Direct)
(510) 620-6542 (Fax)

Please Note: This message is being sent on a public e-mail system and may be subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act. The City Clerk's Department is prohibited from giving legal advice, per California Business and Professions Code 6125.

From: Richmond Police Department

Good Afternoon,

In conformance with the Public Records Act and with Chapter 2.40 of the Richmond Municipal Code ("RMC"), this communication responds to your request for public records, which was received by this office on 10/7/21 You specifically request the following:

1. Purchase records, invoices, procurement documents and other documents sufficient to show any and all disbursement of public funds for the acquisition by your agency since July 1, 2015 of any of the following:
* Firearms of .50 caliber or greater
* Patrol rifles (as commonly denominated for law enforcement use) or assault rifles (as defined in Sections 30510 and 30515 of the California Penal Code)
* Wheeled vehicles that are built or modified to provide ballistic protection to their occupants, such as Bearcats or armored personnel carriers.
* Projectile launch platforms, such as 40mm projectile launchers, "bean bag" or specialty impact munition ("SIM") weapons, and "riot guns" used to disperse chemical agents
* Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD)

2. Purchase records, invoices, procurement documents and other documents sufficient to show any and all disbursement of public funds for the acquisition by your agency since July 1, 2018 of explosives and pyrotechnics, such as "flash bang" grenades and explosive breaching tools, and chemical weapons such as "teargas" and "pepper balls".

3. Records of deployment by your agency since January 1, 2020 of projectile launch platforms, such as 40mm projectile launchers, "bean bag" or specialty impact munition ("SIM") weapons, and "riot guns" used to disperse chemical agents; explosives and pyrotechnics, such as "flashbang" grenades and explosive breaching tools; and chemical weapons such as "teargas" and "pepper balls".

The Police department is compiling and reviewing the records and anticipates having the records ready (if there are responsive records), or an update of the progress of compiling and reviewing the records, if it will take longer by 11/1/21.

Additionally, your request may include documents that are exempt from disclosure pursuant to the exemptions enumerated in California Government Code, including but not limited to Sections 6254(a), 6254(k), and 6255. To the extent your request includes documents that are exempt from disclosure, it is denied. After examining the documents we will notify you in writing whether we have withheld any documents due to applicable exemptions and will enumerate those exemptions.

Finally, Section 2.50.110 of the RMC permits the City to charge a fee of ten cents per page for any copies made.

Thank you,

Jasuara Castaneda
City Clerk Technician
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 620-6513 (Main)
(510) 620-6674 (Direct)
(510) 620-6542 (Fax)

Please Note: This message is being sent on a public e-mail system and may be subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act. The City Clerk's Department is prohibited from giving legal advice, per California Business and Professions Code 6125.

From: Richmond Police Department

Good Afternoon,

The Police department is compiling and reviewing the records and anticipates having the records ready (if there are responsive records), or an update of the progress of compiling and reviewing the records, if it will take longer by 11/8/21.

Thank you,

Jasuara Castaneda
City Clerk Technician
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 620-6513 (Main)
(510) 620-6674 (Direct)
(510) 620-6542 (Fax)

Please Note: This message is being sent on a public e-mail system and may be subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act. The City Clerk's Department is prohibited from giving legal advice, per California Business and Professions Code 6125.

From: Richmond Police Department

Good Afternoon,

The Police department is compiling and reviewing the records and anticipates having the records ready (if there are responsive records), or an update of the progress of compiling and reviewing the records, if it will take longer by 11/22/21.

Thank you,

Jasuara Castaneda
City Clerk Technician
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 620-6513 (Main)
(510) 620-6674 (Direct)
(510) 620-6542 (Fax)

Please Note: This message is being sent on a public e-mail system and may be subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act. The City Clerk's Department is prohibited from giving legal advice, per California Business and Professions Code 6125.

From: Richmond Police Department

Good afternoon,

Attached please find records responsive to your Public Records Act request as well as below responses. The Richmond Police Department is compiling and reviewing records related to deployment by MFF and anticipates having the records ready (if there are responsive records), or an update of the progress of compiling and reviewing the records, if it will take longer by Monday, December 6th.

No patrol rifle purchased since July 1, 2015 all purchase before this date.

No Flash bang purchases since July 1, 2018 all purchases before this date.

40MM projectile launcher platform. Five (5) Total purchased on 5/20/21 for $5,476.53 LC Action Police Supply

No Beanbag shotgun purchases

No armored vehicle or LRAD purchases

No .50 cal or greater purchases.

Deployments since January 1, 2021

Flash Bang deployments
SWAT - 18
MFF- Unknown
CIS- 4
Patrol - 0

Bean Bag deployments:
Patrol - 1
SWAT - 0
MFF - Unknown
CIS- 0

40MM deployment
Patrol - 0
SWAT- 0
MFF- unknown
CIS- 0

Kind regards,

Sofia Perez Leon
Office Specialist
City Attorney's Office | City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza | Richmond, CA 94804-1630
Ph: 510-620-5501 | Fax: 510-620-6518
sofia_perez@ci.richmond.ca.us<mailto:sofia_perez@ci.richmond.ca.us>

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From: Richmond Police Department

Good afternoon,

Below please find the final set of responses from the police department, this concludes the City's responses to your Public Records Act request.

Here are munitions deployed by MFF from 2020 to now.

3- canisters of Def Tech Riot Control CS
7- 40mm Def Tech Aerial Warning/ Signaling munitions
19- 40mm Def Tech Impact rounds
2- Def Tech Stinger CS Rubber Ball

Kind regards,

Sofia Perez Leon
Office Specialist
City Attorney's Office | City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza | Richmond, CA 94804-1630
Ph: 510-620-5501 | Fax: 510-620-6518
sofia_perez@ci.richmond.ca.us<mailto:sofia_perez@ci.richmond.ca.us>

PRIVILEGE AND CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE
The information in this electronic mail is intended for named recipients only. It may contain privileged or confidential matter. Unauthorized use or disclosure is prohibited and may be unlawful. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender by replying to this message and delete all copies of this communication from your system. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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