Sarasota 2013 USMS task force raid review (DOJ OIG)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General of the United States of America.


From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

The OIG review of events that took place in Sarasota, Florida in July 2013, in which a deputy US Marshal entered an apartment without a warrant during a suspect search.

Per reporting from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (

"The two incidents — and apparently a third involving a similar mistake while seeking a different suspect, and which resulted in a clueless Sarasota couple being pulled from their house and held at gunpoint on their front yard — were investigated by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General.

While the internal investigation was completed months ago, its contents are still secret. Its release was stalled, apparently because Wiggins filed an internal appeal of the findings or of a resulting disciplinary action."

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 fees cannot be waived, 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 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave



Attached is the OIG’s acknowledgement your to FOIA request.


From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Thank you for acknowledging request 15-OIG-248.

Apologies — I neglected to request media requester classification. Below please find extensive publication history in support of my classification as news media for the purpose of fees.

Here is a selection of my published articles on MuckRock:

I have also been published in a number of other national media outlets:

As the requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at and pertains to a matter of considerable public interest, I further request a full waiver of all fees.

Please confirm my classification as a media requester for the purpose of fees.

Shawn Musgrave
Reporter, MuckRock



Attached is the OIG’s response to your FOIA request.