Request #18-209

Dear all,

I’m writing you from Back2back, a TV production company based in Brighton, United Kingdom. We are currently producing a TV documentary series about different situations that happen in planes and airports around the World. The series includes footage filmed by passengers and available CCTV and Police Body cam footage and will be broadcasted by Channel 7 Australia and Sky UK.

We would like to be able to use in the series footage of the arrest of a man dressed as El Zorro at LAX Airport on August 28th , 2016 at ROUND 8:40 pm. See link below:


Best regards,



February 27, 2018 via email


Police Department (LAPD)





Point of Contact

LAPD Analyst Leroy N5470

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May 4, 2018, 9:46am
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Dear Mr. Saks:

We have reviewed your request for video evidence concerning footage a man dressed as Zorro at LAX on August 28, 2016. Your request was made pursuant to the California Public Records Act (the Act). 

The Department is cognizant of its responsibilities under the Act.  It recognizes the statutory scheme was enacted to maximize citizen access to the workings of government.  The Act does not mandate disclosure of all documents within the government’s possession.  Rather, by specific exemption and reference to other statutes, the Act recognizes that there are boundaries where the public’s right to access must be balanced against such weighty considerations as the right of privacy, a right of constitutional dimension under California Constitution, Article 1, Section 1.  The law also exempts from disclosure records that are privileged or confidential or otherwise exempt under either express provisions of the Act or pursuant to applicable federal or state law, per California Government Code Sections 6254(b); 6254(c); 6254(f); 6254(k); and 6255.

In accordance with Section 6254(f) of the California Government Code, records of investigations conducted by, or investigatory files compiled by, any local police agency for law enforcement purposes, are exempt from disclosure.  The records you seek, including video evidence, are investigative records or properly part of an investigatory file; therefore, we are denying your request.  Should any records be located, they may be available in response to a subpoena or court order.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this correspondence, simply respond to this email.

Very Truly Yours,

LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit


March 6, 2018, 8:12am
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Police - Arrest Summary
March 5, 2018, 3:14pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via email
March 5, 2018, 3:14pm