Request #19-5056
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September 9, 2019

 

Dear LAPD Records Division,

 

Under the California Public Records Act § 6250 et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records and bodycam footage that relate to a August 11, 2019 police visit to the residence of John Harding at 256 South Lafatette Park Place, Los Angeles ,CA 90057. 

 

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $50.  However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is for the family of John Harding to understand what he is going through and how to best help him. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes.

 

The California Public Records Act requires a response within ten business days.  If access to the records I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.

 

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

 

Thank you for considering my request.

 

Sincerely,

 

Elena Harding


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September 9, 2019 via web


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LAPD Analyst Charles N3774

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September 11, 2019, 8:47am
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Dear Requester:

 

We reviewed your request for the opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records and bodycam footage related to an incident that occurred on South Lafayette Park Place on August 11, 2019 in Los Angeles.

 

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 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 bodycam footage, 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, please respond to this email.

 

Respectfully,

 

LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit

September 11, 2019, 8:46am
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September 9, 2019, 4:26pm
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September 9, 2019, 4:26pm