Comms on activation of MPD Civil Disturbance Units

CJ Ciaramella filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
Tracking # 2015-FOIA-00964
Status
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Communications

From: CJ Ciaramella

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act of 1974, D.C. Code Ann. § 2-531 et seq. ("D.C. Act"), I hereby request the following records:

- All internal and external communications and memoranda from the office of Chief Cathy Lanier regarding the order to activate Civil Disturbance Units on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23, 2014.

- All communications from Lanier's office with keywords "Michael Brown," "Grand Jury" or "Ferguson" between Nov. 17, 2014 and the date this request is received.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. 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.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

CJ Ciaramella

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Quon Hyden, Teresa

Dear Mr. Ciaramella, This office is in receipt of your Freedom of Information Act request for (1) communications regarding the activation of Civil Disturbance Units on November 22 and 23, 2014, and (2) communications from Chief Lanier's office with keywords "Michael Brown," "Grand Jury," or Ferguson for the period November 17, 2014, through November 20, 2014.  Unfortunately, I mistook the subject request for a prior request and did not process it.  I apologize for the delay. Pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 2-532(c), we have fifteen (15) business-days, subject to the possibility of a ten (10) business-day extension, to respond to the request as of the date of receipt. If for any reason you should need to communicate with this office regarding your request, please be sure to reference the above request number. Regards,
Teresa Quon Hyden
Acting FOIA Officer
Metropolitan Police Department

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-FOIA-00964.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-FOIA-00964.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-FOIA-00964.

Thank you for your help.

From: Quon, Teresa J.A. (MPD)

Dear Mr. Ciaramella:

An e-mail search conducted by the Office of the Chief Technology Officer returned a large number of e-mails. The assigned FOIA Specialist is currently reviewing the e-mails to determine whether they are responsive to your request and redacting any exempt information. It is our hope to provide you with a response within a next few weeks.

We appreciate your continued patience.

Teresa Quon Hyden
Acting FOIA Officer
Freedom of Information Act Office
Office of the General Counsel
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
Rm. 4147
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-5516 (direct)
(202) 727-3721 (main)
teresa.quon@dc.gov

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-FOIA-00964.

Thank you for your help.

From: Amare, Genet (MPD)

Dear Mr. Ciaramella:

This letter is in response to your above-listed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, in which you requested:

1. All internal and external communications and memoranda from the office of Chief Cathy Lanier regarding the order to activate Civil Disturbance Units on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23, 2014.

1. All communications from Lanier's office with keywords "Michael Brown," "Grand Jury" or "Ferguson" between Nov. 17, 2014 and the date this request is received.

After a careful search, the following documents have been located and deemed responsive to your request. I have withheld 256 pages that I have deemed to be exempt from disclosure. Such information is exempt from disclosure pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 2-534 (a)(2) and (a)(3)(C), which exempts the disclosure of information that would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy and information that was gathered for law enforcement purposes. Additionally, 606 pages have been withheld because the documents were not responsive to your request. Moreover, additional redactions were made pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 2-534 (a)(2) and (a)(4), which exempts the disclosure of information that would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy and information that has been determined to be deliberative and pre-decisional.

Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter as well on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, an e-mail and/or U.S. mailing address at which you can be reached.

The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to The Mayor's Correspondence Unit at foia.mayor@dc.gov<mailto:foia.mayor@dc.gov>. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency, or to the agency head of that agency, if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there.

Failure to follow these administrative steps will result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

Sincerely,

Genet Amare
FOIA Specialist
Freedom of Information Act Office
Metropolitan Police Department

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