Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports (Wakefield Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Wakefield Police Department of Wakefield, MA.
Multi Request Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports
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From: Beryl Lipton


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency.

Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation.

In particular, materials responsive to this request include all reports, lists, databases, spreadsheets, and other documentation detailing incidents of legal claims or other allegations requiring compensation for claimants, attorneys, or any other party.

If spreadsheets or similar documents are available in response to this request, please provide all segregable data, including but not limited to:

The nature of the claim or legal matter
The claimant and other parties involved
The relevant case and tracking numbers for court and internal systems
The date the lawsuit was served or litigation commenced
The final disposition or current status of the case, including whether a case is still pending
The amount spent to date as a result of the legal engagement
The amount paid to any parties related to the legal claim, including any city payout and any non-monetary compensation

If you have any questions about this request, please contact the email address associated with this request or leave a message at 617-299-1832.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Wakefield Police Department

Good afternoon,

The first email request for this information from you was from July 20, 2020. It came at the same time I received a Pennsylvania Right To Know request that was meant for the Philadelphia Police Department. I did not receive any records request on June 27, 2020. Your email below does not show any delivery information for that date, just a cut/paste of the text you sent on July 20th.

There has been only one instance of alleged inappropriate behavior that resulted in compensation involving the Wakefield Police Department between January 1, 2010 and July 20, 2020.
The Wakefield Police Department and four officers were defendants in a civil action brought by Mr. Simeon Niles. The relevant dates are:

Date Filed: Dec. 3, 2013

Date Terminated: Oct. 11, 2016

Cause: 42:1983 Civil Rights Act<https://www.courtlistener.com/?type=r&cause=%2242:1983%20Civil%20Rights%20Act%22>

Nature of Suit: Civil Rights: Other<https://www.courtlistener.com/?type=r&nature_of_suit=%22Civil%20Rights:%20Other%22>

Jurisdiction Type: Federal question

Civil Action: NO. 13-13086-JGD

I have attached the text of the case as well as the following link. This document covers the majority of the data you have requested: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5170308/52/niles-v-town-of-wakefield/
This case was settled before trial. The Wakefield Police Department does not possess any documentation regarding settlement amount, amount spent as a result of the claim, etc.

Sincerely,

Lt. Scott T. Reboulet
Wakefield Police Department
1 Union Street
Wakefield, MA 01880
339-219-4501
sreboulet@wakefieldpd.org<mailto:sreboulet@wakefieldpd.org>

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