DC Protests 2000-2009 (Metropolitan Police Department)

Emma Best filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
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From: Michael Best

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:

Permits, permit applications for protests from January 1, 2000 - December 31, 2009 as well as arrest reports for times and locations matching the protests in and around Washington, D.C. including but not limited to:

The White House
Embassies
Supreme Court
Federal Buildings
Civic Plaza
Dupont Circle
Franklin Square Park
Freedom Plaza
Lamont St. Park
Malcolm X Park (aka Meridian Hill)
McPherson Square
Upper Senate Park
Murrow Park
Columbus Circle
Lincoln Park
MLK memorial
National Mall
Lincoln Park

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

From: Kaufman, Donald (MPD)

Dear Sir or Madam:

The request does not identify who is making the request other than that it is not by a Muckrock staff member. Please provide us with this information. In addition, the second part of your request lacks the specificity to allow us to make a search. You may wish to modify the request.

Donald Kaufman
MPD FOIA Officer

From: Michael Best

Mr. Kaufman,

I apologize for the error that resulted in my name being left out of the original request. It's Michael Best.

If the second part of the request is not enough to enable your office to do a search, I suspect that I will need to file a separate request using the specific information released from the first part of this request. I appreciate you alerting me to the issue and giving me an opportunity to correct it.

Gratefully,

Michael Best

From: Kaufman, Donald (MPD)

Mr. Best:

I wanted to acknowledge your reply and let you know that I will forward your request as modified (Permits and permit applications for protests from January 1, 2000 - December 31, 2009) to intake for processing. In addition, you should consider using our electronic portal (located at https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx) for more efficient processing of your requests.

Donald Kaufman

From: Archie-Mills, Lisa

Dear Mr. Best,
This e-mail is to provide you a status update with regards to the above-listed subject FOIA request.
The FOIA office is still awaiting a response from the program office who was found to possible have records responsive to your request. A request has  been made to that office to advise the FOIA office if any records were located or to provide a status update to allow us to fulfill your request and/or make an adequate response to you.
Once documents and/or information has been provided, you will be notified.  We regret any delays this may have caused.
Thank you for your patience.
Lisa Archie-Mills
FOIA Specialist

From: Archie-Mills, Lisa

Dear Mr. Best,
The FOIA office is still awaiting a response from the program office who was found to possibly have records responsive to your request. An additional request was made to that office today, May 27, 2016, requesting they advise the FOIA office if any records were located or to provide a status update to allow us to fulfill your request and/or make an adequate response to you.
Once documents and/or information has been provided, you will be notified.  We regret any delays this may have caused. If you feel you need to address this delay with my supervisor, you may reach out to Donald Kaufman who is the FOIA Officer at
donald.kaufman@dc.gov or call (202) 727-3721. (mailto:donald.kaufman@dc.gov)
Thank you for your patience.
Lisa Archie-Mills
FOIA Specialist

From: Archie-Mills, Lisa (MPD)

Mr. Best,

This e-mail is in response to the above listed subject FOIA request.

Per a search conducted by personnel assigned to the Special Operations Planning Unit, for the Metropolitan Police Department, please find attached, documents responsive to the subject of your request. Please note the records you have requested from 2000-2009 has a "Record Retention Schedule" of three (3) years. Therefore, they have been destroyed in accordance with that schedule; however, some records for the year 2009 were located. Be advised, redactions has been made to protect the name of the applicants. In some instances, where protest were found to be sensitive in nature, such as those who are protesting on 1st amendment rights; the name, address and phone number of the organizer was protected. A release of such information would constitute as a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy and is exempt from disclosure pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 2-534 (a)(2).

With regards to your request for any arrest reports that may have been in connection with any of the protest, your request is denied. Absent authorization, a release of an individual's arrest record would constitute as a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy and is exempt from disclosure pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 2-534 (a)(2) and (a)(3)(C).
Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this e-mail 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 as, 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,
Lisa Archie-Mills
FOIA Specialist
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Rm 4153
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-3721
lisa.archie-mills@dc.gov<mailto:lisa.archie-mills@dc.gov>

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From: Michael Best

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Michael Best

From:

Dear Michael Best,
Please find attached the final response to the referenced FOIA request. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Regards,
Chaquonna Price
MPD FOIA Specialist
202-727-3254

From:

Dear Michael Best,
Please find attached the final response to the referenced FOIA request. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Regards,
Chaquonna Price
MPD FOIA Specialist
202-727-3254

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