BLM comms (St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department of St. Louis, MO.
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Multi Request BLM comms
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the The Missouri Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

Emails, letters, and memos to or from police/law enforcement unions, the National Guard, or federal officials between May 1, 2020 and the present.

I also request copies of emails containing any of the following: "protest", "protests", "Black Lives Matter", "BLM", "riot", "riots", "antifa", "antifascist", "anti-fascist", or "militia".

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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.


Emma Best

From: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Dear Emma Best:

Thank you for submitting a records request to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  Your request was given reference number P008082-041221, for tracking purposes.
Type of Records Selected: Other Police Record
Complaint Number (if applicable):
Type of Incident (if applicable):
Description of Request (if applicable):  See attached letter

We are currently reviewing your request and will contact you if any additional information is required.  Otherwise, we will proceed with locating and gathering responsive records from various departments.  Once records are located, they will need to be reviewed to determine what may be released at this time.  All records are released in accordance with the Missouri Sunshine Law, Chapter 610 and SLMPD Policy.

There will be a cost associated with this request, and you will be contacted with more details prior to records being released.  The earliest records are typically available is as follows:

• Arrest Reports, Background Checks, Crash Reports, Police Calls for Service, Law Enforcement Requests and Non-criminal Police Reports are available within 10 days of submission of your request.
• Criminal Police Reports, evidentiary material and other non-standard requests are available within 30 days of submission.

In the event your request will require additional time you will be provided with a detailed explanation of any further delay.

You can monitor the progress of your request at the link below and you'll receive an email when your request has been completed.

Thank you!

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From: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Dear Emma Best,

Thank you for submitting a public records request to the City of St. Louis OR the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

If you did not submit your request through a Public Records Portal, an account has been created for you and you can now track the progress of this request, communicate directly with staff and receive most open records electronically.

Please note, you can use the same Log-in for the City of St. Louis Public Records Portal OR the ( SLMPD Public Records Portal. (

Your Login ID is:

If you have never used this system or cannot remember your password you may request a temporary password here: Request Temporary Password (

Once your email address has been verified, log-in to the appropriate portal and go to My Records Center to update your account information, track this request and receive your records once they are available.

Thank you!

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From: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

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RE: Public Records Request submitted on April 12, 2021, Reference # P008082-041221

Dear Emma Best,

Further review of the above-referenced request has been completed. Please see below for additional information related to this request.

See attached letter relative to your request.
This letter was previously sent to you on 6/19/20.
It should be noted I attempted to upload the response letter to the website you provided; however, the password was incorrect.
Thank you,

Barbara Manuel-Crossman
Sunshine Law

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