December 27, 2019
Chief Charlie Beck
Los Angeles Police Department
100 West 1st St
Los Angeles, CA90012
To Records Administrator:
Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, California Government Code sections 6250 et seq., I write on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California to request all data transmitted to the California Department of Justice pursuant to AB953, the 2015 Racial and Identity Profiling Act. See Cal. Gov. Code § 12525.5(f) (“All data and reports made pursuant to this section are public records[.]”). We request that you use a cutoff date that is no earlier than December 31, 2019.
If you determine that some but not all the information is exempt from disclosure and that you intend to withhold it, we ask that you redact it for the time being and make the remaining responsive records available as requested. In any event, please provide a signed notification citing the legal authorities on which you rely if you determine that any or all of the information is exempt and will not be disclosed.
Because this request is on a matter of public concern, and the ACLU of Southern California is a nonprofit public interest organization, we request a fee waiver. See North Cty. Parents Ass’n v. Dep’t of Ed., 23 Cal. App. 4th 144 (1994). We also request that documents be provided in electronic format if possible. Doing so would eliminate the need to copy the materials and provides another basis for our requested fee waiver. If, however, such a waiver is denied, we will reimburse you for the reasonable cost of copying. Please inform us in advance if the cost will be greater than $50.
According to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code § 6253(c)), a response is required within 10 days.
Please send electronic records via email or paper copies to the address below:
Melissa Rios, Paralegal
ACLU of Southern California
225 W Hospitality Lane, Suite 302
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Eva Bitran, Staff Attorney