|Submitted||Sept. 8, 2011|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Washington State Public Records Act, I request access to and copies of all public requests for records related to incident number 11-149229 (from May 10, 2011, when the patrol car driven by Officer Richard T. Bourns, III collided with another vehicle after Bourns drove into oncoming traffic without emergency siren enabled in order to rapidly join other officers investigating a report made approximately 30 minutes earlier of people playing dice on a side street), Seattle Police Department responses to those requests, and any associated metadata.
I also request that, if possible, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest and not made for commercial gain. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of the news media/press and made available to the public at MuckRock.com. Please fulfill the request electronically, by e-mail attachment if possible or CD-ROM if not.
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.
If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the PRA. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within five business days, as the statute requires.
This email is in response to your public disclosure request dated September 8, 2011. The Department will need additional time to respond to your request. At this time the Department anticipates getting a response to you on or about October 6, 2011.
If you have any questions, you can contact our Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.
Sheila Friend Gray
Public Request Unit Manager
Seattle Police Department
Dear Mr. Mocek:
This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated September 8, 2011 and received by the Seattle Police Department on September 8, 2011 for records related to SPD #11-149229.
We will need additional time to process your request. We anticipate having a response on or by October 19, 2011.
If you have any questions or need further assistance with this request, please contact the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.
Chief of Police
Administrative Specialist II
Public Request Unit
This email is in further response to your public disclosure request for “copies of all public disclosure requests for records related to incident number 11-149229 (from May 10, 2011, when the patrol car driven byOfficer Richard T. Bourns, III collided with another vehicle after Bourns drove into oncoming traffic without emergency siren enabled in order to rapidly join other officers investigating a report made
approximately 30 minutes earlier of people playing dice on a side street), Seattle Police Department responses to those requests, and any associated metadata.” According to our research, SPD received five public disclosure requests, P2011-1570, P2011-1571, P2011-1588, P2011-1781 and P2011-2106. Of those 5 requests, three of them were made by you (P2011-1570, P2011-1588 and P2011-2106). P2011-1571 was made by another person and P2011-1781, was made by the victim of the accident. The Department will be putting a CD in the mail to the address listed in your email below today with responsive records on it, which include: P2011-2106, P2011-1588, P2011-1571 and P2011-1570.
Please note that the response to P2011-1781 was provided to the listed victim of the incident. Those responsive records had limited redactions due to the fact that the requester was a party to the incident, listed as a victim, and therefore entitled to more information than a third party. Therefore, a copy of that disclosure will not be provided to you because those redactions were specific to the requester/victim only and not available to you (third party). However, you have received a copy of the report and related records in the format appropriate for you (third-party). A copy of the request, along with the Department response letters for P2011-1781 are also included on the CD.
You may file a written appeal of this response with the Chief of Police within ten (10) business days from the date of this letter. Please include your name and address and a copy of this letter together with a brief statement identifying the basis of the appeal. Please mail or deliver your appeal to:
Chief of Police
Seattle Police Department
PO Box 34986
Seattle, WA 98124-4986
This concludes the Seattle Police Department’s response to your public disclosure request.