To whom it may concern,
I am seeking the following public records, regardless of physical form or characteristics:
-Records sufficient to show the total annual value of property and money seized through the department’s Asset Forfeiture fund each year between 1998 and 2016.
-Records sufficient to show the total annual amount of money spent through the department’s Asset Forfeiture fund each year between 1998 and 2016.
-Records sufficient to show every documented Asset Forfeiture cash seizure between 1998 and 2016, including information on the race of the subject of the seizure, the location of the seizure, the address of the subject of the seizure, the amount of cash seized, and the date of the seizure. (If this information is available in an excel sheet, this would be preferable to thousands of sheets of documentation. Please let me know if any of this information is difficult to locate and I would be willing to consider modifying or abridging this section of the request)
-Purchasing order documents for any departmental purchases over $3,000, paid for with Asset Forfeiture funds, between 1998 and 2016.
I am making this request as a journalist. I am frequent reporter for national outlets such as The Guardian US and The Nation magazine and am submitting this request for non-commercial purposes. My request is simple, solely limited to procurement records, and is crucial for the public's ability to understand the surveillance capabilities of law enforcement officers and to know how their tax dollars are being spent. Therefore, I request any fee waivers or expedited processing that the department may on occasion grant to reporters.
If no fee waivers are possible, I am willing to pay for reasonable fees, but I ask that these fees be itemized and justified.
If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.
As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your communicating with me by telephone, rather than by mail, if you have questions regarding this request. I would like to receive the information in electronic format. I would prefer any documents located be sent to me via email to email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.