Back when I filed a Public Records Act request with the Oakland cops asking for their archived livestream footage from May Day, I also made a second request. This one was for any emails between the cops containing words and phrases that might shed some light on what else they were watching that day, namely, other people’s livestreams, like they apparently did mine on Jan. 28. (To speed things up, I revised the request a little later to include only command staff emails.)
If you recall the reply I got about my request for video footage, Kristin Burgess-Medeiros said they’d hand it over on or before Dec. 31. So I was happy to find out that I can expect not to wait nearly as long for the emails:
May 18, 2012
Mr. Justin Beck
SENT ONLY VIA EMAIL
Subject: Regular Records Act Request (RE: May 11, 2012-Public Records Act Request #9558)
Dear Mr. Beck:
This is in response to your public records request #9558, dated May 11, 2012, requesting email messages sent and received by OPD command staff on May 1, 2012 containing the words or phrases: “livestream”, “live stream”, “Ustream”, “pixplz” or “Justin Beck”.
Due to the Department’s limited staffing resources and the numerous public records requests related to Occupy Oakland, it will take some time for the Department to complete your request. Emails that are not exempt will be provided on or before July 31, 2012.
Sincerely, Kristin Burgess-Medeiros
Oakland Police Department
Office of Inspector General
455 7th Street, 9th Floor Oakland, CA 94607
I’ll let you know when I hear more.
Now, if only I could figure out if any of those trolls that hang out in my chatroom are cops!