Washington police data collection (Tacoma Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Tacoma Police Department of Tacoma, WA.
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T008242-072021

Multi Request Washington police data collection
Status
Completed

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From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. the total number of use of force incidents reported by law enforcement, separated by year and by type of force used from 2013-2020 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2019, 3 baton incidents in 2020, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2016, 4 complaints in 2017, 1 complaint sustained in 2017, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, 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 2013-2020, separated by year.
5. the total number of civilian complaints alleging criminal conduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, separated by year.
6. all information reported to the FBI’s National Use-of-Force Data Collection program to date.
7. a list of all officer involved shootings that were directed at a person from 2013-20 (excluding shootings of animals and accidental discharges that are not directed at a person).
8. the total amount of money paid out in lawsuits and settlements relating to allegations of police misconduct per year from 2013-20. This includes copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department and the outcome of lawsuits brought against the city's police department including any financial settlement occurring from 2013-20. It should also include any documents that your department submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department. This request includes any documents compiled quarterly, annually, or in other increments as well as any documents or databases that contain responsive information.

If only partial information is available responsive to one or more of these requests, please provide all of the information that is available.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Tacoma Police Department

We received your request Reference number: T008242-072021 Date received: July 20, 2021 Records Requested: To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. the total number of use of force incidents reported by law enforcement, separated by year and by type of force used from 2013-2020 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2019, 3 baton incidents in 2020, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2016, 4 complaints in 2017, 1 complaint sustained in 2017, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, 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 2013-2020, separated by year.
5. the total number of civilian complaints alleging criminal conduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, separated by year.
6. all information reported to the FBI’s National Use-of-Force Data Collection program to date.
7. a list of all officer involved shootings that were directed at a person from 2013-20 (excluding shootings of animals and accidental discharges that are not directed at a person).
8. the total amount of money paid out in lawsuits and settlements relating to allegations of police misconduct per year from 2013-20. This includes copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department and the outcome of lawsuits brought against the city's police department including any financial settlement occurring from 2013-20. It should also include any documents that your department submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department. This request includes any documents compiled quarterly, annually, or in other increments as well as any documents or databases that contain responsive information.

If only partial information is available responsive to one or more of these requests, please provide all of the information that is available.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Samuel Sinyangwe

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From: Tacoma Police Department

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07/27/2021
Samuel Sinyangwe
MuckRock News DEPT MR 116179 411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA  02144-2516
RE: PDR # T008242-072021
Dear Samuel Sinyangwe,
The City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities has received your public records request dated 7/20/2021, in which you requested the following information:
“To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. the total number of use of force incidents reported by law enforcement, separated by year and by type of force used from 2013-2020 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2019, 3 baton incidents in 2020, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2016, 4 complaints in 2017, 1 complaint sustained in 2017, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, 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 2013-2020, separated by year.
5. the total number of civilian complaints alleging criminal conduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, separated by year.
6. all information reported to the FBI’s National Use-of-Force Data Collection program to date.
7. a list of all officer involved shootings that were directed at a person from 2013-20 (excluding shootings of animals and accidental discharges that are not directed at a person).
8. the total amount of money paid out in lawsuits and settlements relating to allegations of police misconduct per year from 2013-20. This includes copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department and the outcome of lawsuits brought against the city's police department including any financial settlement occurring from 2013-20. It should also include any documents that your department submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department. This request includes any documents compiled quarterly, annually, or in other increments as well as any documents or databases that contain responsive information.

If only partial information is available responsive to one or more of these requests, please provide all of the information that is available.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Samuel Sinyangwe

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We are attempting to locate and assemble the materials requested and to determine whether any of the documents are exempt from disclosure and we anticipate that we should have responsive documents on or before August 31, 2021. If there are questions, or delays we will contact you accordingly.
In the meantime, if you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Regards,
Jin Yi
Public Disclosure Analyst
Public Records Office

From:

Mr. Sinyangwe: Your public disclosure request was forwarded to the City Attorney's Office for response, as the City Attorney's Office oversees tort claims and litigation matters for General Government and therefore, is the custodian of some of the records you have requested. I am writing specifically about Item #8, which reads as follows:

8. The total amount of money paid out in lawsuits and settlements relating to allegations of police misconduct per year from 2013-20. This includes copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department and the outcome of lawsuits brought against the city's police department including any financial settlement occurring from 2013-20.

This portion of your request begins by stating you want records containing information about the total amount of money paid for lawsuits and settlements related to allegations of police misconduct per year from 2013 to 2020. For just this sentence, I have the following questions:

- How are you defining "police misconduct"? Are you looking for documents relating to costs and settlements of only lawsuits alleging false arrest, unlawful seizures and excessive force or are you defining "police misconduct" to include motor vehicle accidents that are not pursuits?

- Is this request for documents intended to encompass documents relating to claims for damages that do not proceed to formal litigation?

- Is this request asking for such lawsuits and/or claims that were filed with the City between 1/1/2013 through 12/31/2020 or for such lawsuits/claims that have a Date of Loss (incident date) during that time period?

Your request then goes on to say that this portion of your request is intended to include "all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents that detail lawsuit brought against the City's police department..." Again, is your request limited to lawsuits brought against the City for "police misconduct" as you are defining that term or you asking for documents relating to motor vehicle accidents?

Also, when you ask for "individual documents" for all such lawsuits, the volume of material you are requesting is enormous and it would take several years to complete the City's response to a request for "all individual documents" that relate to lawsuits brought against the City for actions taken by TPD for the time period requested. We are happy to provide you with all public records responsive to your request, but I am not sure that you understand the volume of material that you have asked for. I would like to make sure that we get you the information/documents you want and do so in a way that is efficient and timely. From the overall tenor of your request, it appears to me that you are looking for documents that reflect the nature of the claim/lawsuit, how the claim/lawsuit was resolved, and how much each such claim/lawsuit cost the City, both in defense costs and in settlement. Is that correct? If so, we can run a report through our database which includes all of this information and that can be done almost immediately and produced in an Excel spreadsheet. If additional information is needed, we can supplement the database query results with copies of the complaint and/or claim for damages form, and any applicable settlement agreements. Would this meet your needs and satisfy Item #8 in your PRA request?

It may be easier to have a telephone conversation with you to discuss what documents are available and in what form the documents exist, so that we can be sure to get you what you want without generating a huge volume of materials that you likely do not want. Can you please call me at 253-591-5629 to discuss this portion of your request? In the alternative, please Reply All to this email and provide the requested clarification and answers to my questions. Thank you. Jean Homan, Deputy City Attorney

James, could you please forward this to the correct analyst? Thanks.

Jean P. Homan, Deputy City Attorney
Tacoma City Attorney's Office
747 Market Street, Suite 1120
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 591-5885 office
(253) 591-5629 direct
(253) 591-5755 facsimile
jhoman@cityoftacoma.org<mailto:jhoman@cityoftacoma.org>

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From: Tacoma Police Department

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08/06/2021
Samuel Sinyangwe
MuckRock News DEPT MR 116179 411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA  02144-2516
RE: PDR # T008242-072021
Dear Samuel Sinyangwe,
The City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities has received your public records request dated 7/20/2021, in which you requested the following information:
“To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. the total number of use of force incidents reported by law enforcement, separated by year and by type of force used from 2013-2020 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2019, 3 baton incidents in 2020, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2016, 4 complaints in 2017, 1 complaint sustained in 2017, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, 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 2013-2020, separated by year.
5. the total number of civilian complaints alleging criminal conduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, separated by year.
6. all information reported to the FBI’s National Use-of-Force Data Collection program to date.
7. a list of all officer involved shootings that were directed at a person from 2013-20 (excluding shootings of animals and accidental discharges that are not directed at a person).
8. the total amount of money paid out in lawsuits and settlements relating to allegations of police misconduct per year from 2013-20. This includes copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department and the outcome of lawsuits brought against the city's police department including any financial settlement occurring from 2013-20. It should also include any documents that your department submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department. This request includes any documents compiled quarterly, annually, or in other increments as well as any documents or databases that contain responsive information.

If only partial information is available responsive to one or more of these requests, please provide all of the information that is available.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Samuel Sinyangwe

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This letter is to clarify what information that you are seeking:
Mr. Sinyangwe: Your public disclosure request was forwarded to the City Attorney’s Office for response, as the City Attorney’s Office oversees tort claims and litigation matters for General Government and therefore, is the custodian of some of the records you have requested. I am writing specifically about Item #8, which reads as follows: 8. The total amount of money paid out in lawsuits and settlements relating to allegations of police misconduct per year from 2013-20. This includes copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department and the outcome of lawsuits brought against the city's police department including any financial settlement occurring from 2013-20.
This portion of your request begins by stating you want records containing information about the total amount of money paid for lawsuits and settlements related to allegations of police misconduct per year from 2013 to 2020. For just this sentence, I have the following questions:

* How are you defining “police misconduct”? Are you looking for documents relating to costs and settlements of only lawsuits alleging false arrest, unlawful seizures and excessive force or are you defining “police misconduct” to include motor vehicle accidents that are not pursuits?
* Is this request for documents intended to encompass documents relating to claims for damages that do not proceed to formal litigation?
* Is this request asking for such lawsuits and/or claims that were filed with the City between 1/1/2013 through 12/31/2020 or for such lawsuits/claims that have a Date of Loss ( incident date) during that time period?
Your request then goes on to say that this portion of your request is intended to include “all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents that detail lawsuit brought against the City’s police department…” Again, is your request limited to lawsuits brought against the City for “police misconduct” as you are defining that term or you asking for documents relating to motor vehicle accidents?
Also, when you ask for “individual documents” for all such lawsuits, the volume of material you are requesting is enormous and it would take several years to complete the City’s response to a request for “all individual documents” that relate to lawsuits brought against the City for actions taken by TPD for the time period requested. We are happy to provide you with all public records responsive to your request, but I am not sure that you understand the volume of material that you have asked for. I would like to make sure that we get you the information/documents you want and do so in a way that is efficient and timely. From the overall tenor of your request, it appears to me that you are looking for documents that reflect the nature of the claim/lawsuit, how the claim/lawsuit was resolved, and how much each such claim/lawsuit cost the City, both in defense costs and in settlement. Is that correct? If so, we can run a report through our database which includes all of this information and that can be done almost immediately and produced in an Excel spreadsheet. If additional information is needed, we can supplement the database query results with copies of the complaint and/or claim for damages form, and any applicable settlement agreements. Would this meet your needs and satisfy Item #8 in your PRA request?
It may be easier to have a telephone conversation with you to discuss what documents are available and in what form the documents exist, so that we can be sure to get you what you want without generating a huge volume of materials that you likely do not want. Can you please call me at 253-591-5629 to discuss this portion of your request? In the alternative, please Reply All to this email and provide the requested clarification and answers to my questions. Thank you. Jean Homan, Deputy City Attorney Jean P. Homan, Deputy City Attorney Tacoma City Attorney’s Office 747 Market Street, Suite 1120 Tacoma, WA 98402 (253) 591-5885 office (253) 591-5629 direct (253) 591-5755 facsimile jhoman@cityoftacoma.org (mailto:jhoman@cityoftacoma.org)
You may provide a response by responding to this email. If I do not hear back from you by August 20, 2021 with clarification, I will provide you with responsive records as we interpret this request, search/queries run through claims database for TPD, to include claim number, claimant name, date of loss, date claim filed, date claim closed, description of claim, status, amount claimed (if that is a separate field), reserves (losses and expenses) and payments (losses and expenses) for the time period requested.  For one query, use the DATE OF LOSS as the defining parameter (in other words, for all police claims where the DOI is between 1/1/2013 and 12/31/2020) and for the other query, please use the DATE CLAIM FILED as the defining parameter. Regards, Jin Yi Public Disclosure Analyst
Public Records Office

From: Samuel Sinyangwe

Hi, thanks for sending these questions. Regarding the police settlements data, please provide the total amount altogether (including settlement costs, legal fees etc) that was paid for from 2013-20 (regardless of when the lawsuit first arises), and inclusive of all cases involving the conduct of a police officer (whether pursuit related, use of force related , etc).

Thanks!

Sam

From: Tacoma Police Department

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08/20/2021
Samuel Sinyangwe
MuckRock News DEPT MR 116179 411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA  02144-2516
RE: PDR # T008242-072021
Dear Samuel Sinyangwe,
The City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities has received your public records request dated 7/20/2021, in which you requested the following information:
“To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. the total number of use of force incidents reported by law enforcement, separated by year and by type of force used from 2013-2020 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2019, 3 baton incidents in 2020, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2016, 4 complaints in 2017, 1 complaint sustained in 2017, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, 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 2013-2020, separated by year.
5. the total number of civilian complaints alleging criminal conduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, separated by year.
6. all information reported to the FBI’s National Use-of-Force Data Collection program to date.
7. a list of all officer involved shootings that were directed at a person from 2013-20 (excluding shootings of animals and accidental discharges that are not directed at a person).
8. the total amount of money paid out in lawsuits and settlements relating to allegations of police misconduct per year from 2013-20. This includes copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department and the outcome of lawsuits brought against the city's police department including any financial settlement occurring from 2013-20. It should also include any documents that your department submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department. This request includes any documents compiled quarterly, annually, or in other increments as well as any documents or databases that contain responsive information.

If only partial information is available responsive to one or more of these requests, please provide all of the information that is available.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Samuel Sinyangwe

Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://www.muckrock.com/ I am in receipt of an installment of responsive records to your request.  To download these records, click here: Public Records Center (https://u8387795.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=nZGH0ylxadMp5hTpNkeAFqJdz3UVSOaF5-2BwNOyx4yTTe3KKd1VYz4o-2FW0p2PAlL-2Fc1CAjtCZrEvFMcSy4xAyECxoSKkTpVGil0FYYdW-2FxHs-3DVn4h_UjcxOy-2B-2F8JHaLSHej7R9z6ysLBw-2B7QR4MG5LRYmBGI-2FEEI9hu1N1gH5Och-2FS0vZbk45N0ZkjiSN2dDRj04prclbw-2Ff3pYTsRpM50vC0Rv62ZVEY25z3m5IlxYzAXLLZvTx9q3aFQFvSg1qWO4uFrQHoh8AZVY6fPqHwCTX4mBV-2BzhjpAV3rp401bTKUvG3FQaazHMJLlLWrkbJ2E56YBrZKiXI0DzWYvYjBFvp-2Brem6IY0SyrDmq6FC85HcpMync7x-2Fz5K3HZGWg3gHU566ZzPuAixibOFzBE9YPIfEsO7CQPRkZEGLQYGRKvfChCbdE-2FRsCQzJrnHbS4LGJbVy7Ody08HikI2S8fBdTBnKl-2FQF47hlnR546XRLpIGUKucRb) .  Please notify me within 30 days that you have accessed these records.  Absent such confirmation, no further installments will be provided and your request will be considered closed with no further notification. Additionally, please confirm if documents named "PDR-T008242 Report by Date Claim Filed_08.06.01" and " PDR-T008242 Report by Date of Loss_08.06.01" satisfies Item #8.  As stated in my email to you on 8/6/2021 seeking clarification, when you ask for "individual documents" for all such lawsuits as stated in your request, the volume of material you are requesting is enormous and it would take several years to complete the City's response "that relate to lawsuits brought against the City for actions taken by TPD for the time period requested. Upon confirmation you have successfully accessed the records provided today, an additional installment is anticipated to be produced on September 20, 2021.
Regards,
Jin Yi
Public Disclosure Analyst
Public Records Office
(253) 231-0240

From: Tacoma Police Department

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09/20/2021
Samuel Sinyangwe
MuckRock News DEPT MR 116179 411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA  02144-2516
RE: PDR # T008242-072021
Dear Samuel Sinyangwe, I am in receipt of an installment, labeled Installment 2, of responsive records to your request.  To download these records, click here: Public Records Center .  Please notify me within 30 days that you have accessed these records.  Absent such confirmation, no further installments will be provided and your request will be considered closed with no further notification. Additionally, please confirm if documents named "PDR-T008242 Report by Date Claim Filed_08.06.01" and "PDR-T008242 Report by Date of Loss_08.06.01" satisfies Item #8.  As stated in my email to you on 8/6/2021 seeking clarification, when you ask for "individual documents" for all such lawsuits as stated in your request, the volume of material you are requesting is enormous and it would take several years to complete the City's response "that relate to lawsuits brought against the City for actions taken by TPD for the time period requested. Upon confirmation you have successfully accessed the records provided today, an additional installment is anticipated to be produced on September 30, 2021.
Regards,
Jin Yi
Public Disclosure Analyst
Public Records Office
(253) 231-0240

From: Tacoma Police Department

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09/21/2021
Samuel Sinyangwe
MuckRock News DEPT MR 116179 411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA  02144-2516
RE: PDR # T008242-072021
Dear Samuel Sinyangwe, I have received the emails that you sent on September 16, 2021.  Unfortunately, your email did not answer the questions posed and further clarification is needed.  With this installment, new copies of the spreadsheet are being provided; these new spreadsheets include to totals for the amounts spent on costs and settlements.  Please advise whether these new spreadsheets are sufficient to satisfy Item #8.  If not, the City will continue to produce records in installments for Item #8, as the City understands that request.  As stated previously, a complete response to Item #8, as crafted, will take several years.  If these spreadsheets are sufficient to satisfy Item #8, it is imperative that you advise the City of such so that the City does not waste limited resources on preparing documents that you do not want to receive. To download these records, click here: Public Records Center .  Please notify me within 30 days that you have accessed these records.  Absent such confirmation, no further installments will be provided and your request will be considered closed with no further notification. Upon confirmation you have successfully accessed the records provided today, an additional installment is anticipated to be produced on October 21, 2021.
Regards,
Jin Yi
Public Disclosure Analyst
Public Records Office
(253) 231-0240

From: Samuel Sinyangwe

Hello Jin,

Apologies for my delayed response. Those spreadsheets are fine for request #8, thank you. I look forward to receiving the use of force and complaints data and please let me know if I can provide further clarification surrounding those items.

Thanks,
Sam

From: Tacoma Police Department

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10/12/2021
Samuel Sinyangwe
MuckRock News DEPT MR 116179 411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA  02144-2516
RE: PDR # T008242-072021
Dear Samuel Sinyangwe,
The City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities has received your public records request dated 7/20/2021, in which you requested the following information:
“To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. the total number of use of force incidents reported by law enforcement, separated by year and by type of force used from 2013-2020 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2019, 3 baton incidents in 2020, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2016, 4 complaints in 2017, 1 complaint sustained in 2017, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, 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 2013-2020, separated by year.
5. the total number of civilian complaints alleging criminal conduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2013-2020, separated by year.
6. all information reported to the FBI’s National Use-of-Force Data Collection program to date.
7. a list of all officer involved shootings that were directed at a person from 2013-20 (excluding shootings of animals and accidental discharges that are not directed at a person).
8. the total amount of money paid out in lawsuits and settlements relating to allegations of police misconduct per year from 2013-20. This includes copies of all reports, lists, databases, or individual documents that detail lawsuits brought against the city's police department and the outcome of lawsuits brought against the city's police department including any financial settlement occurring from 2013-20. It should also include any documents that your department submits to local, state, or federal agencies listing the number and/or status of lawsuits brought against the police department. This request includes any documents compiled quarterly, annually, or in other increments as well as any documents or databases that contain responsive information.

If only partial information is available responsive to one or more of these requests, please provide all of the information that is available.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Samuel Sinyangwe

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With confirmation that the spreadsheets provided for #8 satisfied that portion of your request, this will confirm we have no further responsive records.
The use of force and complaints data was released to you on September 20, 2021 and it appears as though you have accessed those records. This request is now closed.   Please contact me immediately if you believe that different or additional records should have been provided in response to your request.
Regards,
Jin Yi
Public Disclosure Analyst
Public Records Office
(253) 231-0240

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