Police data collection project (Springfield Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Springfield Police Department of Springfield, MO.
Tracking #

SR 4794

Multi Request Police data collection project
Status
Completed

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From: Samuel Sinyangwe


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the The Missouri Sunshine 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Springfield Police Department

Good Afternoon Mr. Sinyangwe,

I am in receipt of your Sunshine Request - assigned number 4794 - and I have forwarded your request to the departments/individuals that may have records responsive to your request. All non-privileged material responsive to your request will be provided to you. Prior to the departments/individuals providing the responsive records, we will contact you concerning any charges associated with accumulating this information and providing copies to you.

Thank you for your request and I look forward to further communication,

Russ McLaughlin
City Clerk Specialist
City of Springfield
840 Boonville Avenue, Springfield, MO 65801
Phone: 417.864.1443 | Fax: 417.864.1649
Email: rmclaughlin@springfieldmo.gov<mailto:rmclaughlin@springfieldmo.gov>

From: Springfield Police Department

Good Morning Mr. Sinyangwe,

I am writing in response to Sunshine Request 4794. I am providing the records responsive or responses received from the departments listed below:

Law Department

Some of the requested information is available on the website. Two sections of additional research would be needed at one (1) and (2) hours respectively.

Law Department - Section 1

1.0 hr(s) @ $21.20 per hour

$21.20

Law Department - Section 2

2.0 hr(s) @ $31.47 per hour

$62.94

Total:

$84.14

As the amount quoted is less than $100.00, no deposit is required. If you would like to provide your assurance of payment and have the requested research conducted and responsive records collected - please let me know.

Thank you for your inquiry and I look forward to your reply,

Russ McLaughlin
City Clerk Specialist
City of Springfield
840 Boonville Avenue, Springfield, MO 65801
Phone: 417.864.1443 | Fax: 417.864.1649
Email: rmclaughlin@springfieldmo.gov<mailto:rmclaughlin@springfieldmo.gov>

From: Samuel Sinyangwe


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $84.14 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Springfield Police Department

Good Morning Mr. Sinyangwe,

I am writing in regard to Sunshine Request 4794. We have been recently informed by the Police Department that they received a check in regard to this request. As we can now verify payment has been made, we have instructed the relevant department to begin collection of the responsive records. The department has advised their completion time to be on or before 07 August 2020.

I look forward to further communication,

Russ McLaughlin
City Clerk Specialist
City of Springfield
840 Boonville Avenue, Springfield, MO 65801
Phone: 417.864.1443 | Fax: 417.864.1649
Email: rmclaughlin@springfieldmo.gov<mailto:rmclaughlin@springfieldmo.gov>

From: Springfield Police Department

Good Morning Mr. Sinyangwe,

I am writing in response to Sunshine Request 4794. I am providing the records responsive or responses received from the departments listed below:

Law Department

Below are the responses from the Springfield Police Department to this Sunshine Request:

1)

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2) Class I: 2016: 13 (2 partially sustained*), 2017: 19 (15 partially sustained*), 2018: 9 (2 partially sustained*), 2019: 16 (4 partially sustained*)

Class II: 2016: 11 (3 partially sustained*), 2017: 7 (4 partially sustained*), 2018: 5 (5 sustained), 2019: 5 (1 sustained)

*note- many complaints have more than one allegation. Partially sustained shows that at least one allegation was listed as "sustained"

3) Class I excessive UOF complaints (note- some complaints involved more than one officer & sustained/not sustained numbers deal specifically with excessive UOF part of complaint):

2016- 7 complaints (Zero sustained)

2017- 9 complaints (Zero sustained)

2018- 5 Complaints (Zero sustained)

2019- 11 complaints (Zero sustained)

4) Bias-Based Policing complaint numbers for 2016-2019:

2016- 4 complaints, 0 sustained

2017- 0 complaints, 0 sustained

2018- 3 complaints, 0 sustained

2019- 2 complaints, 0 sustained

If you have any additional questions, please let me know.

Thank you for your request,

Russ McLaughlin
City Clerk Specialist
City of Springfield
840 Boonville Avenue, Springfield, MO 65801
Phone: 417.864.1443 | Fax: 417.864.1649
Email: rmclaughlin@springfieldmo.gov<mailto:rmclaughlin@springfieldmo.gov>

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