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Monday, December 12, 2016

Tribune Sues Chicago Police Department for Failure to Respond to FOIA Request After McDonald Shooting

Our loyal followers will recall that this past August, we reported on PAC Opinion 16-006, a binding opinion that found the Chicago Police Department in violation of FOIA when it failed to provide the requester, CNN, with copies of emails sent/received by Chicago police officers on their private accounts and devices that related to the Laquan McDonald shooting. Now, the Chicago Tribune has filed a lawsuit making similar allegations against the CPD that it violated FOIA by failing to produce requested emails relating to the Laquan McDonald shooting.

Specifically, the complaint alleges that the Tribune submitted a FOIA request for emails related to the shooting on December 17, 2015.  The Tribune then received responses from the CPD that the request was unduly burdensome.  The Tribune alleges that on March 22, 2016, the CPD promised to produce 375 emails, but failed to do so.  The Complaint further alleges that the denial amounts to retaliatory motivation against the Tribune reporter who submitted the request as she had previously been involved in a separate lawsuit by the Tribune against CPD. 

The case has been set for an initial case management conference on April 4, 2017.  We will continue monitoring this case and keeping you updated.

Post Authored by Erin Baker, Ancel Glink


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