Police data collection project (Weston Town Clerk)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Weston Town Clerk of Weston, MA.
Multi Request Police data collection project


From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. the total number of use of force incidents, separated by year and by type of force used from 2016-2019 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2016, 3 baton incidents in 2017, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2017, 4 complaints in 2018, 1 complaint sustained in 2019, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2019, separated by year
4. the total number of civilian complaints alleging biased policing or racial profiling that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2019, separated by year

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.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Weston Town Clerk

I am in receipt of your request. Please note that the initial email record request was sent on July 29, 2020 at 1:19pm. I will work with the members of these records and provide you with a cost estimate.

Deborah M. Davenport
Town Clerk
Town of Weston
P.O. Box 378
Weston, MA 02493
781-786-5079 (fax)
Town website: www.weston.org<http://www.weston.org/>

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From: Weston Town Clerk

Please see the attached response.


Michael J. Goulding
Chief of Police

Weston Police Department
180 Boston Post Road Bypass
Weston, Massachusetts 02493

Please note:

The Town of Weston (Weston.org) will be transitioning to .gov over the next several months. The Police Department email addresses have changed from @westonmass.org to @police.westonma.gov. All mail to the westonmass.org addresses will still go through for the remainder of the year. Please update your address books accordingly.