PRR: Boston Public Records Responses
Following up on my request for the Boston Public Records Log, I requested the responses to a number of public records requests.
I’ve posted those responses below.
The most interesting are problably:
- B000971-070120 — Boston Police Internal Affairs case log from 2010 to sometime in 2020 (though I don’t believe this has cases beyond the internal affairs data already on Woke Windows)
- R000230-061620, R000864-102320, R000905-102920 — settlements paid by the City of Boston for police misconduct
- R000904-102920 — thousands of claims related to car crashes
Unfortunately, all the responses are PDF documents, so, analysis/parsing is going to be a pain.
Boston Public Records Responses (police)
|Ref. No.||Close Date||Description||Files|
|B000971-070120||9/3/20||Any/all logs/lists of internal investigation cases of police department employees from Jan. 1, 2000 through present (note: 2010 to present was actually supplied), including but not limited to pending cases. Please include the current disposition of each case, as well as any final disciplinary action linked to complaint.||B000971-070120_Response.pdf|
|B001174-080520||8/5/20||We saw in a State House News story today (see below) that BPD recently provided some figures/data to the State House News Service regarding overtime spending for the recent protests. Wondering if BPD would be able to forward us that same data today since it's already been pulled.||B001174-080520_Response.pdf|
Boston Public Records Responses (non-police)
|Ref. No.||Close Date||Department||Public Record Desired||Files|
|B001814-111220||11/13/20||Law Department||Please provide me with a copy of the court complaint f led by Sergeant Beth Donovan against the Boston Po ice Department (BPD) and BPD‚Äôs response.||B1814_response_letter.pdf B1814_responsive_record.pdf|
|R000230-061620||7/1/20||Law Department||I am requesting information about state and federal civil rights claims (including but not limited to excessive force, false arrest and wrongful conviction claims) settled between the city and plaintiffs between January 1, 2015 and June 16, 2020. Please provide the fo lowing information about those claims on an Excel spreadsheet under these headings and in the fo lowing order: Plaintiff v. Defendant; docket number; venue; plaintiff‚Äôs attorney; date of settlement; and amount of settlement. Please return the list via electronic mail. If you estimate that the total cost for copying and responding to this request pursuant to the statute and applicable regulations w ll exceed $35, please provide me with an estimate of the charges in advance of processing my request. If you claim that any of the material requested is exempt from disclosure in whole or in part, please identify the exemption(s) claimed and the nature of the material for which any exemption is claimed. Because disclosure of the records requested would be in the pub ic interest, I request a waiver of fees as provided by 950 C.M.R. 32.06(5). As you know, the State Freedom of Information Act requires access to be provided "without unreasonable delay," and in any event within 10 days. Mass. Gen. Laws c.66, ¬ß10(a). If you have any questions about this request, please do not hesitate to contact me at XXX-XXX-XXXX.||R230_response_letter.pdf R230_responsive_record_2010.pdf R230_responsive_record_2015.pdf|
|R000302-063020||8/12/20||Administration and Finance||(The following is from two (2) separate email requests) I wanted to make a records request for payroll data for the Boston Police Department. I‚Äôll also send a separate email for a similar request for other city departments. I am seeking an electronic copy of the following payroll data for the BDP:Name, Job Title, Department, Postal Code, Annual Pay Rate, Gender, Race or Ethnic Group, Union Status (Union or nonunion), bargaining group (BPPA, Superior Officers, etc), sworn officer or civilian, Start Date, Service Date, Annual Rate, and whether the employee is Full or Part Time.One point of clarification: Service Date versus Start Date. I believe that service date is the first time someone was hired by the city and start date is the most recent time someone was hired by the city. If that is incorrect, let me know. -- Here is the second request I mentioned. I wanted to make a records request for payroll data for all other city departments, including fire and schools. (I requested the same data for the police department in my previous ema l). I am seeking an electronic copy of the following payroll data:Name, Job Title, Department, Postal Code, Annual Pay Rate, Gender, Race or Ethnic Group, Union Status (Union or nonunion), bargaining group, Start Date, Service Date, Annual Rate, and whether the employee is Full or Part Time.||R302_response_letter.pdf R302_responsive_record.pdf|
|R000864-102320||10/29/20||Law Department||Do you have a list of city of Boston payouts/settlements paid for cases of po ice misconduct for the last three years? I am looking for confirmation of a settlement the city made with Frederick Clay, among others.||R864_response_letter.pdf R864_responsive_record.pdf|
|R000873-102620||10/29/20||Law Department||I'd ike to request the settlement amount for Suffolk Civ l case 1584CV000903. I'm looking for the settlement amount for this case and any other related to Danielle Cough in Vs Robert Tully, who is a former Boston police officer.||R873_response_letter.pdf|
|R000894-102820||11/3/20||Office of Human Resources||I am seeking data/records from the payroll department regarding the hours BPD Detective Robert M. Tu ly worked in 2014. This is a request for the human resource/payroll department, not the police department. Here is what I'm seeking: I would like the total number of hours that Robert M. Tu ly worked in 2014 before his retirement in July 2014. In addition, I would l ke a breakdown of Tully's 2014 hours. I want to know how many hours he was 1) at work being paid regular time, 2) at work being paid OT, and 3) paid while he was on leave. Payroll records show Tu ly earned $40,520.79 in regular pay, $22,202.42 in OT, and $37,519.66 in 'other' pay. I want to confirm that the regular pay and OT was for time he was at work in 2014 and that other pay was for sick or vacation buyback.||R894_response_letter.pdf R894_responsive_record_-_2014_earnings.pdf R894_responsive_record_-_time_and_labor.pdf|
|R000904-102920||11/13/20||Law Department||I am seeking information and data related to crashes or accidents involving city-owned vehicles. This request w ll be primarily for the Law Department, although I am seeking information about all city vehicles, including departments that operate out of City Hall, police, fire, and schools. Specifically I am seeking electronic records or data documenting all insurance payouts and civil lawsuits settlements since Jan 1, 2010. By ‚Äúinsurance payouts‚Äù I am referring to the City‚Äôs self-insurance for vehicles and any payments the City had to make to other individuals or insurance companies. The records or data I‚Äôm seeking should include: 1) CRA-65 crash reports or other reports or data that include the following information -Name of the city employee driving, title, department - Names of other involved drivers or individuals -Date and time of accident -Description of accident -location of accident -Description of any citations that includes offense and citation number 2) Details of any insurance payout or financial settlement that include: -amount of payment -date of payment -name of payee -name of city employee, title, department -corresponding civil court docket number or other case number or reference numbers 3) Details of any other civil lawsuit or claim stemming from a motor vehicle accident in which the city Law Department defended a city employee even if there was no insurance payout or financial settlement. This data should include: --name of city employee, title, department --name of other driver involved --corresponding civil court docket number or other case number or reference numbers I‚Äôm happy to discuss this request if it is overly broad or otherwise cumbersome. I‚Äôm hoping that much of this information may be available in a Law Department case tracking file and/or a ledger of insurance payouts and settlements. If the CRA-65 crash reports prove difficult, let‚Äôs discuss another way to get that that same information. My number is XXX-XXX-XXXX. Thank you, Andrew||R904_response_letter.pdf R904_responsive_record.pdf|
|R000905-102920||10/29/20||Public Records||I am requesting information from the city about payments made to settle cases of alleged police misconduct for each of the last five years, including recipient‚Äôs name and the amount of payment by City of Boston. I believe this information is readily available and hope that you could provide it soon.||R905_response_letter.pdf R905_responsive_record.pdf|
|R000938-110420||11/13/20||COB Press Office||I wanted to request some data/records from the payroll department regarding the hours BPD Officer Sandro Fonseca worked from 12/12/2013 until he left BPD in 2018. This is a request for the human resource/payroll department, not the police department. Here is what I'm seeking: I would like a breakdown of the hours Sandro Fonseca worked and what he was paid for from 12/12/2013 until he left BPD in 2018. I want would l ke to know how many hours he was 1) at work being paid regular time, 2) at work being paid OT, 3) paid while he was on leave 4) paid while on injury leave. I would also like a breakdown of any sick, personal, or vacation buyback. As always, happy to discuss: XXX-XXX-XXXX.||R938_response_letter.pdf R938_responsive_record.pdf|