Washington D.C. arrests data for smoking pot in public

Dan Nguyen filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
Due Dec. 29, 2016
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Dan Nguyen

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:

The D.C. police data, from 2010 to the current date (Dec. 7, 2016), of arrests related to smoking pot in public. I would like the same scope of the records -- but longer time period -- as the scope requested by the Drug Policy Alliance earlier this year, and cited in this April 5, 2016 Washington Post story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/stark-racial-divide-remains-in-pot-arrests-in-dc/2016/04/05/775594b0-fa7f-11e5-80e4-c381214de1a3_story.html

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.


Dan Nguyen

From: Kaufman, Donald

Dear Mr. Nguyen:
This office is in receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Your FOIA Request Number is 2017-FOIA-01026. Your assigned FOIA Specialist is Lisa Archie-Mills. Pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 2-532, 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.  More specifically, D.C. Official Code § 2-532(c) and (d) state:
(c) A public body, upon request reasonably describing any public record, shall within 15 days (except Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays) of the receipt of any such request either make the requested public record accessible or notify the person making such request of its determination not to make the requested public record or any part thereof accessible and the reasons therefor
(d) In unusual circumstances, the time limit prescribed in subsection (c) of this section may be extended by written notice to the person making such request setting forth the reasons for extension and expected date for determination. Such extension shall not exceed 10 days (except Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays). For purposes of this subsection, and only to the extent necessary for processing of the particular request, "unusual circumstances" are limited to: (1) The need to search for, collect, and appropriately examine a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records which are demanded in a single request; or (2) The need for consultation, which shall be conducted with all practicable speed, with another public body having a substantial interest in the determination of the request or among 2 or more components of a public body having substantial subject-matter interest therein.
If you have any questions regarding your request, please contact the assigned FOIA Specialist at (202) 727-3721. For ease of reference, we ask that you have your FOIA Request Number available when you contact our office. Donald Kaufman MPD FOIA Officer

From: Archie-Mills, Lisa (MPD)

Mr. Nguyen:

This e-mail is in response to your FOIA request dated December 8, 2016, in which your requested the following:

· D.C. police data, from 2010 to the current date (Dec. 7, 2016), of arrests related to smoking pot in public. I would like the same scope of the records -- but longer time period--as the scope requested by the Drug Policy Alliance earlier this year, and cited in this April 5, 2016 Washington Post story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/stark-racial-divide-remains-in-pot-arrests-in-dc/2016/04/05/775594b0-fa7f-11e5-80e4-c381214de1a3_story.html.

Please find attached data found to be responsive to your request. Note: The attached data has an end point of August 22, 2015, data after this date is currently be reviewed and will be released to you upon completion of the review and approval.

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.


Lisa Archie-Mills
FOIA Specialist
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Rm 4153
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-3721

From: Dan Nguyen

Thank you for this, and sorry for the late followup. Do you know what the latest status is for the vetting and publishing of the data, post-August 2015?