Passenger inspection notes photos reports 2016-07-20

Phil Mocek filed this request with the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority of Washington.
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From: Phil Mocek

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

One or more people who appeared to be transit agency staff but did not identify themselves investigated most or all riders (including me) on the northbound Sounder passenger train from Lakewood to Seattle, including the second car from front (107 A), at approximately 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. I do not know of any reason for the man who investigated me to have suspected me of fare evasion. Upon my invitation to do so, he did not articulate any reason to suspect me of having violated any law or transit agency rule. If this unidentified man was, in fact, a public employee, I wish to review the accuracy of any records related to his unwarranted investigations of me and other presumed-innocent transit riders that he created during and as a result of those investigations.

I have observed that people appearing to be Sound Transit staff regularly photograph and make written notes about some passengers during their investigations. I request:
- The content of those notebooks used by staff who worked the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date
- The content of those cameras used by staff who worked the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date
- Images captured by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date that are no longer on their cameras
- All reports filed by the aforementioned staff on that date and/or in regard to their work duties on that date
- Staff duty roster applicable to the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date

Please prevent staff from destroying these public records prior to your making them available to the public. RCW 42.56.100 states, "If a public record request is made at a time when such record exists but is scheduled for destruction in the near future, the agency, the office of the secretary of the senate, or the office of the chief clerk of the house of representatives shall retain possession of the record, and may not destroy or erase the record until the request is resolved."

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Phil Mocek

From: Tennison, Leigh

This will acknowledge receipt of your request for the following documents all from Wednesday, July 20, 2016 on the northbound Sounder train from Lakewood to Seattle, including the second car from the front (107A) at approximately 8:50 a.m.:

1. Contents of notebooks used by staff.

2. Content of those cameras used by staff.

3. Images captured by staff.

4. All reports filed by staff.

5. Staff duty roster from this date.

We received your request on July 20, 2016.

Please find attached the staff duty roster from Wednesday, July 20, 2016 and details on the two warnings issued by Fare Enforcement Officers on the Sounder on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

No citations were issued on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Fare Enforcement Officers no longer carry notebooks and no photographs were taken.

This will close this request.

Sincerely,
Leigh Tennison
Assistant to Q'Deene Nagasawa, Public Records Officer
Sound Transit
401 S. Jackson Street
Seattle, WA. 98104
leigh.tennison@soundtransit.org<mailto:leigh.tennison@soundtransit.org>
T: 206.903.7104
F: 206.398.5222

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