Request #20-384
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I am working on a documentary about Elisa Lam's case and doing research on her cases.
I would like to request the police report including documents, photo, footage or any related materials about Elisa Lam's case.
Elisa Lam was Canadian student who were traveling around Los Angeles area and went on missing in 2013. Later, she was found dead in a water tank from Cecil Hotel on February 19, 2013.


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January 16, 2020 via web


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LAPD Sr Analyst Alexis N1685

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Dear Requester:

 

As stated in our response, 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.  The records may be provided pursuant to a subpoena or court order related to pending litigation.

January 17, 2020, 7:27pm by LAPD Sr Analyst Alexis N1685, Sr. Management Analyst (Staff)
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Thank you so much for your response. Never mind about the surveillance video, we just want to get police report to make sure the information that people were talking about is accurate. 
Any report regarding to this case is open to public?

January 17, 2020, 10:19am by the requester
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January 17, 2020, 7:13am
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Dear Requester:

 

We reviewed your request for copies of the Los Angeles Police Department’s crime and incident reports concerning the Elisa Lam case from 2013.

 

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 and 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, we are denying your request. The records may be provided pursuant to a subpoena or court order related to pending litigation.

 

Should any records be located, to the extent the information is recorded, the time, date, and location of occurrence, the time and date of the report, the name and age of the victim, and a brief statement of the circumstances can be made available to you upon request.

 

If you are the victim or the victim’s legal representative, you may contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Records and Identification Division at (213) 486-8110 for further information on obtaining reports for victims of crimes.

 

If you have any questions, please respond to this email.

 

Respectfully,

 

LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit

January 17, 2020, 7:12am
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January 16, 2020, 2:45pm
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January 16, 2020, 2:45pm