Liz Howard

Please advise on next step regarding the Baltimore County Police Department defiance in not providing MPIA Requests.

I have sent a request to a state Delegate via legality that appears to be highly unethical and issue with tax dollars using a County Attorney to answer MPIA Requests in lieu of their Office of Records handling MPIA Requests.

The MPIA Request put police departments on notice of impending police misconduct. The police abuse, harassment and retaliation continues with intent and with impunity.

Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice has an investigation of the Baltimore Police Department (“BPD”).  The Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division is currently conducting a civil investigation of the BPD pursuant to the police misconduct provision of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141.  We are investigating allegations that Baltimore Police officers engage in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the Constitution or other federal laws.  This conduct may include:  using excessive force; making unlawful stops, searches, or arrests; or engaging in discriminatory policing practices. 

Jack R-W

Your request makes very little sense. You seem to be requesting lots of documents from lots of different people, except instead of sending the request to the agency you believe has these records, you sent it to one agency. The Baltimore County Police Department wouldn’t have records from any other counties, cities, states, or agencies. If you want your requests to work properly, you need to reasonably describe the records you request and send them to the agency that you believe has the records.

Jack R-W

Also, it’s very normal for city/county/state attorneys to handle requests.