Police data collection project (Spartanburg County Sheriff)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Spartanburg County Sheriff of Spartanburg County, SC.
Multi Request Police data collection project
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From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Carolina Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1. the total number of use of force incidents, separated by year and by type of force used from 2016-2019 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2016, 3 baton incidents in 2017, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2017, 4 complaints in 2018, 1 complaint sustained in 2019, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2019, separated by year
4. the total number of civilian complaints alleging biased policing or racial profiling that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2019, separated by year

Note that my requests for civilian complaints are specifically for civilian complaints alleging police misconduct, please do not include complaints filed by one officer/the department against another officer.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Spartanburg County Sheriff

Good afternoon,

Spartanburg County has received your request for information under the SC Freedom of Information Act. The request with the scope outlined is too broad and will result in hefty costs. For one of the years alone, there are well over 1000 pages of documents responsive to your request. This request, as written, would be a very time consuming which would increase the cost of said request.

As such, we would request that you narrow your scope to a more specific date range so that we can better respond to your request. If you wish us to prepare a cost estimate for the original request and understand that it will carry a very large fee, please let us know as soon as possible.

Thank you,


The Family Privacy Protection Act (South Carolina Code Annotated ยง30-2-50) prohibits any person or entity from knowingly obtaining or using any personal information obtained from the County for commercial solicitation directed to any person in the State. Violation of this law is a crime.


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