Dear Kirsty McCormack:
I have reviewed your request for an arrest report regarding an incident involving Christopher Brown on February 8, 2009, documented under Booking Number 1796176.
Your request was made under the California Public Records Act (“The Act”). The Department is cognizant of its responsibilities under the Act. It recognizes the statutory scheme was enacted in order 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 the California Government Code, Section 6254(f), records of investigations conducted by, or investigatory files compiled by, any local police agency for law enforcement purposes are exempt from disclosure. To the extent that records were located, they are either investigatory records themselves or properly part of an investigative file. Therefore, I am denying your request.
Should any records be located, to the extent the information is recorded and maintained by the Los Angeles Police Department, the name and occupation the arrestee, the individual’s physical description including date of birth, color of eyes and hair, sex, height and weight, the time and date of arrest, the time and date of booking, the location of the arrest, the amount of bail set, the time and manner of release or the location where the individual is currently being held, all charges the individual is being held upon, as well as a brief description of the circumstances of the arrest can be made available to you upon request.
If you have any questions regarding this correspondence, please don't hesitate to reply back.
Very truly yours,
LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit