June 13, 2020
201 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the California Public Records Act. I’m a reporter with the Center for Investigative Reporting (henceforth “CIR”) seeking information from the Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) and its Board of Police Commissioners (“BPC”).
On June 2, 2020, the BPC and LAPD Chief Michel Moore held a meeting with a public comment section, which was broadcast online in its entirety. During the meeting, which was held at a time of considerable civil unrest in the United States and within Los Angeles, it appeared evident that the chief and the commissioners were using their cell phones during the time when their colleagues and/or the public was speaking. At one point during the public comment period, Commissioner Steve Soboroff held up his cell phone to confirm his version of an event that was occurring outside of the meeting, leaving no doubt that he was indeed using his cell phone while the public addressed him and his colleagues.
I am seeking a record of all cell phone messages sent to and from Chief Moore, as well as a record of all cell phone messages sent to and from all BPC commissioners during the duration of the described meeting, which lasted approximately eight-and-a-half hours. Responsive records should include, but should not be limited to: the sender and receiver name, phone number, text, images, links, and timestamp, all within clear threads that indicate which messages are being responded to and among whom.
Additionally, I am seeking a record of all chats shared between Chief Moore and BPC commissioners on any platform on which the group was communicating during the described meeting.
Fee Waiver and Fee Benefit: CIR is the nation’s oldest nonprofit news organization. As a member of the news media, I’m seeking this information for the dissemination to the general public as part of an effort to understand the degree to which the LAPD and BPC engaged with the public and with one another during a time of unprecedented unrest. This request is made in the public interest and not for commercial use. If possible, I would prefer the documents in electronic format. Please notify me before incurring any photocopying costs over $100.
Electronic Records: Please furnish all responsive records in electronic, searchable format delivered to my email address: email@example.com. If that’s not possible, please send records on a CD-ROM sent to the following address:
1400 65th St., Suite 200
Emeryville, CA 94608
Further Correspondence: All correspondence regarding this request can be directed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be aware that under the California Public Records Act, this request requires a response within ten business days. After that time, it is subject to litigation. If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the California Public Records Act. As the law requires, I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material.
I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this request.