NYPD FOIL Request CHRGJ at NYU Law by jennyyingdi

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									Records Access Officer
NYC Police Department
FOIL Unit – Legal Bureau
One Police Plaza, Room 110-C
New York, New York 10038

                                                          DATE: April 19, 2012

REQUESTOR’S NAME: Emilou MacLean, Global Justice Clinic, Walter Leitner
International Human Rights Clinic, Center for Constitutional Rights, National Lawyer
Guild – New York City Chapter, Stecklow Cohen & Thompson, Bina Ahmad, Esq., Alan
Levine, Esq., Meg Maurus, Esq., Gideon Oliver, Esq., Archives Working Group, Aaron
Bornstein, Chloe Cockburn, Cara Hartley, Becky Hurwitz, Cari Machet, Paul McLean,
Amy Roberts.

ADDRESS:       Protest and Assembly Rights Project
               c/o Global Justice Clinic
               Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.
               245 Sullivan St.
               New York, NY, 10012
               parpfoil@gmail.com



UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW, I AM REQUESTING THE
FOLLOWING:

Please see attached request letter.

COMPLAINT REPORT#:__________________DATE:_____________
PRECINCT #__________TIME:________
ADDRESS OF COMPLAINANT:
________________________________________________
VICTIM/COMPLAINANT NAME:
________________________OFFENSE:________________
ARREST REPORT #:________________ PRECINCT
#______NAME:__________________
DATE OF ARREST: ____________D.O.B._______________
S.S.#___________________NYSID#_________________
VICTIM/COMPLAINANT NAME:
_________________________CHARGE:_______________
AIDED CARD
#:_______________NAME:______________________________________
PRECINCT #________DATE:_____________
TIME:________LOCATION:________________________
NATURE OF ILLNESS/INJURY:
________________________________________________
SPRINT REPORT: (911 CALL) DATE: __________PRECINCT
#________TIME:_________
ADDRESS OF CALL: _______________________PHONE
(________)________________
NAME OF CALLER: ________________________NATURE OF
CALL:__________________
PERSONNEL FILE: (SUBMIT A NOTARIZED REQUEST OR NOTARIZED
AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE) (ONLY FOR RETIRED OR SEPARATED
MEMBERS OF THE NYC POLICE DEPARTMENT)
NAME:
______________________TAX#:________________SS#:___________________
DOCUMENT(S) NEEDED:
____________________________________________________
OTHER (TYPE OF REQUEST): ________________________REPORT
#_______________
NAME: ________________________PRECINCT
#_______DATE(S):__________________
LOCATION:
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NAME:
(PRINT)_______________________SIGNATURE:__________________________


	
  
Records Access Officer	
  
NYC Police Department
FOIL Unit – Legal Bureau
One Police Plaza, Room 110-C
New York, New York 10038

April 19, 2012

RE: Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Request Concerning Crowd Control
Policies

Dear Records Access Officer:

       The undersigned individuals, the Global Justice Clinic of Washington Square
Legal Services, the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, the Center for
Constitutional Rights, the National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter, the
Foundation for Responsible and Open Government, Stecklow Cohen & Thompson, and
the Archives Working Group of Occupy Wall Street, submit this information request
pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), Sections 84-90 of the
Public Officers Law, and its implementing regulations, 21 NYCRR Part 1401.

BACKGROUND

        On September 17, 2011, individuals protesting under the banner of Occupy Wall
Street (OWS) began an encampment at Liberty Plaza Park, a/k/a Zuccotti Park, the
privately owned public space owned by Brookfield Properties, located at Broadway and
Liberty Street, in lower Manhattan. On November 15, 2011, in the middle of the night,
the New York Police Department (NYPD), along with Brookfield and other entities,
evicted OWS protesters from Zuccotti Park, where they had sustained a constant protest
for nearly two months. Since September 17, 2011, OWS protests, marches, and
assemblies have been – and continue to be – held across New York City in a variety of
locations.1

         There have been reports of mass arrests, unjustified or unlawful arrests, “kettling,”
restriction of the ability of individuals to peacefully assemble, aggressive or excessive
police force, police misconduct, and police surveillance in relation to OWS protests.2
Journalists, legal observers, and elected representatives have also reportedly been subject
to police force, arrest, deprivation of liberty, and criminal prosecutions.3
	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
1
  OWS has maintained a presence in Zuccotti Park since September 17, 2011, Union Square since March
2012, and Wall Street since April 10, 2012, among other locations.
2
  See, e.g., Felicia Sonmez, Occupy Wall Street Police Response Should Be Investigated by DOJ, Nadler
Says, WASHINGTON POST, Dec. 6, 2011, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/occupy-
wall-street-police-response-should-be-investigated-by-doj-nadler-says/2011/12/06/gIQApt1FaO_blog.html.
3
  See, e.g., Dominic Rushe, Occupy Wall Street: NYPD Attempt Media Blackout at Zuccotti Park, THE
GUARDIAN, Nov. 15, 2011, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/15/occupy-journalists-media-
blackout; Occupy Wall Street Legal Observer Arrested After Being Run Over by a Police Scooter,
ALTERNET, Oct. 14, 2011, http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/680476/
       This request seeks information related to the local, state, and federal law
enforcement and private partner planning for and response to OWS protests in New York
City. This request defines “OWS protests” to refer to protests, marches, and assemblies
connected to OWS, including affiliated protests in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and
Queens, such as protests affiliated with Occupy the Bronx, Occupy the Hood, Occupy
Sunset Park, and Ocupemos Queens.

                                                     We request:

INFORMATION CONCERNING CROWD CONTROL POLICIES

                           (1) NYPD crowd and/or disorder control rules, regulations, policies, or practices
                               in force or effect anytime between September 17, 2011 and the present.

                           (2) Any and all information concerning rules, regulations, or policies guiding
                               and/or constraining the law enforcement response to protests,
                               demonstrations, and/or other First Amendment protected activity in New
                               York City, in force anytime between September 17, 2011 and the present.

                                                      This includes, but is not limited to rules, regulations, departmental policy, plans,
                                                      strategies and practices concerning:

                                                      a. Policing large public events;
                                                      b. Crowd control and/or response; disorder control and/or response; and riot
                                                         control and/or response;
                                                      c. Mass or large-scale detentions and/or arrests (including detentions and/or
                                                         arrests that result in the issuance of summonses or Desk Appearance Tickets
                                                         as well as detentions and/or arrests that result in full arrest processing);
                                                      d. “Kettling,” or the use of personnel, netting, fencing, or other materials to
                                                         contain or direct;
                                                      e. Use of vehicles, scooters, and/or horses to pursue, contain or direct;
                                                      f. Use of force (including, but not limited to, any force on the use of force
                                                         continuum, such as physical force, chemical agents, nightsticks, and/or blunt
                                                         instruments, and/or other force);
                                                      g. Use of force reporting requirements;
                                                      h. Use of “double-cuffs” (e.g., “flex-cuffs”);
                                                      i. Enforcement of Disorderly Conduct prohibition, New York Penal Code Sec.
                                                         240.20;
                                                      j. Enforcement of any of the following New York Penal Code prohibitions in the
                                                         context of protests or gatherings:
                                                                  i. Reckless endangerment, New York Penal Code Sec. 120.20;
	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
occupy_wall_street_legal_observer_arrested_after_being_run_over_by_police_scooter/; Ydanis Rodriguez
Arrested: New York City Council Member Hit and Arrested During Police Raid at Zuccotti Park,
HUFFINGTON POST, Nov. 15, 2011, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/ydanis-rodriguez-arrested-
hit-occupy-wall-street-raid_n_1094645.html.
                                                                                          ii. Trespass, New York Penal Code Secs. 140.05, 140.10, 140.15, &
                                                                                              140.17;
                                                                                         iii. Loitering, New York Penal Code Sec. 240.35, including “loitering
                                                                                              while wearing a mask,” New York Penal Code Sec. 240.35(4);
                                                                                         iv. Unlawful Assembly, New York Penal Code Sec. 240.10;
                                                                                          v. Making Graffiti or Possession of Graffiti Instruments, New York
                                                                                              Penal Code Secs. 145.60 & 145.65;
                                                                                         vi. Obstructing Governmental Administration, New York Penal Code
                                                                                              Secs. 195.05 & 195.07;
                                                                                        vii. Resisting Arrest, New York Penal Code Sec. 205.30;
                                                                                       viii. Criminal Mischief, New York Penal Code Secs. 145.00, 145.05,
                                                                                              145.10 & 145.12; and/or
                                                                                         ix. Riot or Inciting to Riot, New York Penal Code Secs. 240.05,
                                                                                              240.06 & 240.08.
                                                       k.                         Enforcement of any of the following New York Administrative Code
                                                                                  prohibitions in the context of protests or gatherings:
                                                                                           i. Posting, NYC Administrative Code Sec. 10-119;
                                                                                          ii. Littering, NYC Administrative Code Sec. 16-118;
                                                                                         iii. Leaving Movable Property on the Street, NYC Administrative
                                                                                              Code Sec. 16.122; and/or
                                                                                         iv. Injury to or Defacement of Street, NYC Administrative Code Sec.
                                                                                              19-138.
                                                       l.                         Designation of a sidewalk or other traditionally public space as “frozen”4 or
                                                                                  otherwise inaccessible for public use;
                                                      m.                          Use of stop and frisk tactics in connection with protests or gatherings5; and/or
                                                      n.                          The limitations of police response in connection with First Amendment
                                                                                  protected activity.

(3) Information concerning training provided to law enforcement personnel in
    relation to OWS protests, crowd control, and mass arrests.

                           This includes, but is not limited to training materials, agendas, guidelines concerning
                           any of the subjects identified in 2(a)-(m).

(4) Any and all information concerning law enforcement directives, activities, and/or
    public safety regulation of Zuccotti Park, Union Square or Wall Street on or
    after September 2011.
                                          ***

        Pursuant to Section 89(3) of the Public Officers Law, we expect a response within
five (5) business days of your receipt of the request. Please release information
responding to this request on a rolling basis.
	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
4
  See, e.g., Al Baker, Police Force Wall Street Protesters Off Sidewalks, N.Y. TIMES, Nov. 5, 2011,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/05/police-force-wall-street-protesters-off-sidewalks/.
5
  See, e.g., Letter from Alan Levine et al. to Hon. Michael D. Stallman (Nov. 18, 2011), available at
http://nlgnyc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/2011-11-18-Waller-v-NYC-Plaintiffs-Letter-to-Stallman.pdf.
        We request to receive all information responsive to our request in electronic
format, whenever possible. If some or all of the responsive information is available in
digital form, please send it to the email address below.

         If this request is denied in whole or in part, please identify the appropriate
appellate authority and justify all specific deletions by reference to exemptions in the
statute. In addition, please release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. If
you deny this request or any portion of this request, please state particularized and
specific justifications for withholding. Please exclude, specifically and through redactions,
all individual identifiable information or other private individual information from this
request that would legitimately be exempt under Section 87(2)(b) of the Public Officers
Law.6

        As this information concerns a matter of intense public interest—law enforcement
response to ongoing free speech activities that have inspired national and international
solidarity action and public attention—we request a fee waiver and expedited processing.
The disclosure of the information sought is not in commercial interest and is likely to
significantly contribute to public understanding of the operations or activities of the
government. The requesters are individuals and organizations seeking information for
legal and scholarly review and research, and for publication and dissemination to the
public. Some of the requesters are concerned individuals from OWS seeking information
about the policing of their social movement. Please contact the undersigned in advance of
charging any fees in order to authorize a practical limitation of fees for this matter if any
fees are to be charged.

       To respond to this request, or to ask any questions that arise in its processing,
please email the undersigned at parpfoil@gmail.com, preferably, or direct mail to:

                                                      Emilou MacLean and Sarah Knuckey
                                                      Protest and Assembly Rights Project
                                                      c/o Global Justice Clinic
                                                      Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.
                                                      245 Sullivan St.
                                                      New York, NY, 10012

                                                      Thank you for your time and assistance in this matter.

                                                                                                                                                                  Sincerely,

                                                      /s/


	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
6
 “Each agency shall, in accordance with its published rules, make available for public inspection and
copying all records, except that such agency may deny access to records or portions thereof that . . . (b) if
disclosed would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy under the provisions of subdivision
two of section eighty-nine of this article. . . .” Public Officers Law, Sec. 87(2)(b).
Emilou MacLean
Protest and Assembly Rights Project7

Global Justice Clinic (Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.)
245 Sullivan St.
New York, NY, 10012

Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic
33 W 60th St., 2nd floor
New York, NY, 10023

Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY10012

National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter
113 University Place, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Stecklow Cohen & Thompson
10 Spring Street Ste. 1
New York, NY 10012

Bina Ahmad, Esq.
Alan Levine, Esq.
Meg Maurus, Esq.
Gideon Oliver, Esq.

Archives Working Group
Occupy Wall Street

Individual Representatives of Occupy Wall Street:
    Aaron Bornstein, ThinkTank and Education/Empowerment Working Groups
    Chloe Cockburn
    Cara Hartley
    Becky Hurwitz
    Cari Machet, Public Relations, Media, and Movement Building Working Groups
    Paul McLean, Arts & Culture Working Group
    Amy Roberts, Archives Working Group

	
  

	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
7
  The Protest and Assembly Rights Project is an initiative of multiple law school clinics across the country
– including the Global Justice Clinic of Washington Square Legal Services and the Walter Leitner
International Human Rights Clinic in New York City. The Project aims to document and publicly report on
the extent to which the government (local, state, national) has met its international and constitutional law
obligations to respect the right to assembly in its response to the Occupy movement.
Records Access Officer
NYC Police Department
FOIL Unit – Legal Bureau
One Police Plaza, Room 110-C
New York, New York 10038

                                                          DATE: April 19, 2012

REQUESTOR’S NAME: Emilou MacLean, Global Justice Clinic, Walter Leitner
International Human Rights Clinic, Center for Constitutional Rights, National Lawyer
Guild – New York City Chapter, Stecklow Cohen & Thompson, Bina Ahmad, Esq., Alan
Levine, Esq., Meg Maurus, Esq., Gideon Oliver, Esq., Archives Working Group, Aaron
Bornstein, Chloe Cockburn, Cara Hartley, Becky Hurwitz, Cari Machet, Paul McLean,
Amy Roberts.

ADDRESS:       Protest and Assembly Rights Project
               c/o Global Justice Clinic
               Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.
               245 Sullivan St.
               New York, NY, 10012
               parpfoil@gmail.com



UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW, I AM REQUESTING THE
FOLLOWING:

Please see attached request letter.

COMPLAINT REPORT#:__________________DATE:_____________
PRECINCT #__________TIME:________
ADDRESS OF COMPLAINANT:
________________________________________________
VICTIM/COMPLAINANT NAME:
________________________OFFENSE:________________
ARREST REPORT #:________________ PRECINCT
#______NAME:__________________
DATE OF ARREST: ____________D.O.B._______________
S.S.#___________________NYSID#_________________
VICTIM/COMPLAINANT NAME:
_________________________CHARGE:_______________
AIDED CARD
#:_______________NAME:______________________________________
PRECINCT #________DATE:_____________
TIME:________LOCATION:________________________
NATURE OF ILLNESS/INJURY:
________________________________________________
SPRINT REPORT: (911 CALL) DATE: __________PRECINCT
#________TIME:_________
ADDRESS OF CALL: _______________________PHONE
(________)________________
NAME OF CALLER: ________________________NATURE OF
CALL:__________________
PERSONNEL FILE: (SUBMIT A NOTARIZED REQUEST OR NOTARIZED
AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE) (ONLY FOR RETIRED OR SEPARATED
MEMBERS OF THE NYC POLICE DEPARTMENT)
NAME:
______________________TAX#:________________SS#:___________________
DOCUMENT(S) NEEDED:
____________________________________________________
OTHER (TYPE OF REQUEST): ________________________REPORT
#_______________
NAME: ________________________PRECINCT
#_______DATE(S):__________________
LOCATION:
______________________________________________________________

NAME:
(PRINT)_______________________SIGNATURE:__________________________


	
  
Records Access Officer	
  
NYC Police Department
FOIL Unit – Legal Bureau
One Police Plaza, Room 110-C
New York, New York 10038

April 19, 2012

RE: Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Request Concerning OWS Policing,
Including Arrests

Dear Records Access Officer:

       The undersigned individuals, the Global Justice Clinic of Washington Square
Legal Services, the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, the Center for
Constitutional Rights, the National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter, the
Foundation for Responsible and Open Government, Stecklow Cohen & Thompson, and
the Archives Working Group of Occupy Wall Street, submit this information request
pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), Sections 84-90 of the
Public Officers Law, and its implementing regulations, 21 NYCRR Part 1401.

BACKGROUND

        On September 17, 2011, individuals protesting under the banner of Occupy Wall
Street (OWS) began an encampment at Liberty Plaza Park, a/k/a Zuccotti Park, the
privately owned public space owned by Brookfield Properties, located at Broadway and
Liberty Street, in lower Manhattan. On November 15, 2011, in the middle of the night,
the New York Police Department (NYPD), along with Brookfield and other entities,
evicted OWS protesters from Zuccotti Park, where they had sustained a constant protest
for nearly two months. Since September 17, 2011, OWS protests, marches, and
assemblies have been – and continue to be – held across New York City in a variety of
locations.1

         There have been reports of mass arrests, unjustified or unlawful arrests, “kettling,”
restriction of the ability of individuals to peacefully assemble, aggressive or excessive
police force, police misconduct, and police surveillance in relation to OWS protests.2
Journalists, legal observers, and elected representatives have also reportedly been subject
to police force, arrest, deprivation of liberty, and criminal prosecutions.3
	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
1
  OWS has maintained a presence in Zuccotti Park since September 17, 2011, Union Square since March
2012, and Wall Street since April 10, 2012, among other locations.
2
  See, e.g., Felicia Sonmez, Occupy Wall Street Police Response Should Be Investigated by DOJ, Nadler
Says, WASHINGTON POST, Dec. 6, 2011, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/occupy-
wall-street-police-response-should-be-investigated-by-doj-nadler-says/2011/12/06/gIQApt1FaO_blog.html.
3
  See, e.g., Dominic Rushe, Occupy Wall Street: NYPD Attempt Media Blackout at Zuccotti Park, THE
GUARDIAN, Nov. 15, 2011, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/15/occupy-journalists-media-
blackout; Occupy Wall Street Legal Observer Arrested After Being Run Over by a Police Scooter,
ALTERNET, Oct. 14, 2011, http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/680476/
       This request seeks information related to the local, state, and federal law
enforcement and private partner planning for and response to OWS protests in New York
City. This request defines “OWS protests” to refer to protests, marches, and assemblies
connected to OWS, including affiliated protests in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and
Queens, such as protests affiliated with Occupy the Bronx, Occupy the Hood, Occupy
Sunset Park, and Ocupemos Queens.

                                                     We request:

INFORMATION CONCERNING OWS POLICING, INCLUDING ARRESTS

(1) Records of policing of OWS protests between September 2011 and the present.

                           This includes but is not limited to:

                           a. Incident Action Plans in connection with OWS4;
                           b. 201 Incident Briefing Forms (ICS Form 201) in Citywide Incident Management
                              System (CIMS) in connection with OWS5;
                           c. Activity Logs (PD112-145, also known as Memo Books)
                           d. Command Logs of all police personnel commanding or policing OWS protests;
                           e. Incident Command Post Logs in connection with OWS6;
                           f. Unusual Occurrence Reports (PD370-152) and Unusual Occurrence Reports,
                              Detective Bureau (PD370-151) for activities in connection with OWS;
                           g. Stop, question and frisk report worksheets in connection with OWS (PD344-
                              151A); and
                           h. Police Officer’s Monthly Performance Reports (PD439-1414) (in use before
                              November 1, 2011) and Police Officer’s Monthly Conditions Impact
	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
occupy_wall_street_legal_observer_arrested_after_being_run_over_by_police_scooter/; Ydanis Rodriguez
Arrested: New York City Council Member Hit and Arrested During Police Raid at Zuccotti Park,
HUFFINGTON POST, Nov. 15, 2011, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/ydanis-rodriguez-arrested-
hit-occupy-wall-street-raid_n_1094645.html.
4
  NYPD Patrol Guide: “Incident Action Plan contains Incident Objectives reflecting the overall incident
strategy and specific tactical actions and supporting information for the next Operational Period. . . . When
written, the Plan may have a number of forms as attachments (e.g., traffic plan, safety plan,
communications plan, map, Health and Safety Plan and Safety Message, Medical Plan, Demobilization
Plan).”
5
  NYPD Patrol Guide: “201 Incident Briefing Form (ICS Form 201) provides basic information regarding
the emergency incident and the resources allocated to the emergency Incident. The Form will serve as a
reference document for the initial emergency incident response, summarize the actions taken at the scene
and will be the source document that will be used to prepare a written Incident Action Plan (IAP), if a
written IAP is necessary. The Incident Briefing Form will not be a component of the IAP for preplanned
events.”
6
  NYPD Patrol Guide: Incident Command Post Logs contain “a. Summary of personnel deployment. b.
Chronological listing of significant occurrences, conditions, operations, activities, etc. c. Chronological
listing of essential information, e.g., crimes, arrests, injuries, fatalities. d. Results of periodic survey of
incident area(s). e. Transfer(s) of actions, decisions, activities, etc., taken to resolve the incident. f.
Information regarding the significant operations, actions, decisions, activities, etc., taken to resolve the
incident. g. Other appropriate information/data.”
                                                      Measurement Reports (PD439-1424) (in use on and after November 1, 2011) that
                                                      reference OWS.7

(2) Command Conditions Reports for lower Manhattan filed between September
    2011 and present.8

(1) Departmental reviews, evaluations and/or critiques of law enforcement response
    filed between September 2011 and present connected to OWS.

                           This includes but is not limited to After-Action Reviews, or any reports prepared by
                           the NYPD after the action to describe, assess, summarize, or report on the action and
                           the police response; and recommendations to improve operations.9

                           This specifically includes but is not limited to any After-Action Reviews or other
                           evaluations filed after and responding to the November 15, 2011 eviction.

(2) Legal guidelines between June 2011 and present connected to OWS or police
    response to First Amendment protected activity.10

	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
7
  Operations Order 52, series 2011, “Police Officer Performance Objectives”, available at
http://www.nyclu.org/files/releases/NYPD_Operations_Order_52_10.27.11.pdf. (“Effective 0001 hours,
November 1, 2011, uniformed members of the service be required to prepare and document their daily
assignment, selected two primary conditions to be addressed, and daily activity noted (e.g., community
interaction, arrests, summonses issued, reports prepared, etc.) on new Department form. . . . The [Report]
will be maintained and carried in the inside pocket of the uniformed member’s regulation leather binder and
will be presented to any supervisor upon request. . . . Officers will note on the [Report] ALL activities (e.g.,
arrests, field reports, etc.) engaged in during the tour.” Para. 8, emphasis in original.).
8
  Operations Order 50, series 2011, “Quest for Excellence – Command Conditions Report.” See also
Operations Order 52, series 2011, “Police Officer Performance Objectives”, available at
http://www.nyclu.org/files/releases/NYPD_Operations_Order_52_10.27.11.pdf. (“This report informs
members of the service of current crime conditions, crime patterns and trends, quality of life and traffic
conditions, in every sector of the command with an emphasis on specific platoons; time frames and
locations. The COMMAND CONDITIONS REPORT is a road map designed to direct police officers und
supervisors to command conditions. The COMMAND CONDITIONS REPORT represents a baseline of
sector information and commanding officers are encouraged to attach any additional information they
determine would be useful in addressing command conditions (e.g., wanted photographs, accurate criminal,
intelligence, specific condition details or any other relevant information).” Commanding officers, in
consultation with the special operations lieutenant and command staff (e.g., crime analysis ·section, field
intelligence officer, etc.), will prepare the COMMAND CONDITIONS REPORT for each sector/post
within the command every Monday. The command’s crime analysis section will input the COMMAND
CONDITIONS REPORT via the ‘Quest for Excellence’ computer application on the Department’s intranet.
The ‘Quest for Excellence’ application will allow the COMMAND CONDITIONS REPORT to be entered
and viewed as a power-point presentation on the command’s video conferencing video displays. In addition,
hard copies of the COMMAND CONDITIONS REPORT can be printed out upon request.” Paras. 4-5.).
9
  NYPD Patrol Guide: “After-Action Review of Operations to identify and document: a. Successes and
Failures. b. Tactics that were successful or require evaluation/modification. c. Required changes to
Department procedures, the Citywide Incident Management System and/or inter-Agency procedures
involving command, tactics, operations, support, investigations, aviation, communications, etc. d. Incident
‘Best Practices’ and ‘Lessons Learned.’”
10
   See, e.g., “NYPD Legal Guidelines for RNS (3-10-04)”, and “Legal Matters Presentation,” available at
www.nyclu.org/rncdocs.
(5) Information concerning arrests or detentions made, or summonses issued, in
    connection with OWS protests between September 2011 and the present.

                           This includes but is not limited to:

                           a. Reporting code for OWS-related arrests; and/or Mass Arrest Pedigree Labels
                              (PD244-093) related to OWS.
                           b. All On Line Booking Sheets (OLBS, PD244-159) for OWS-related arrests,
                              excluding individual identifiable information or other private individual
                              information, but including:
                                 i. Force used;
                                ii. Purported reason for use of force;
                               iii. Charge information;
                               iv. Arrest date, time, and specific location; and
                                v. Narrative of arrest.
                           c. Arrest Reports and Supplements for OWS-related arrests.
                           d. Complaints entered into On-Line Complaint System (OLCS) related to OWS.
                           e. All Medical Treatment of Prisoner forms (PD244-150) for OWS-related arrests,
                              excluding exempt individual identifiable information or other private individual
                              information, but including:
                                 i. Whether detainee requested medical aid;
                                ii. Whether detainee refused medical aid;
                               iii. Whether detainee transported to hospital; and
                               iv. Nature of illness / injury.
                           f. All Aided Report Worksheets (PD304-152b) for OWS-related activities,
                              excluding exempt individual identifiable information or other private individual
                              information, but including:
                                 i. Date, time and specific location;
                                ii. Details; and
                               iii. Whether chemicals used.
                           g. Statistical analyses of OWS-related arrests, detentions, summonses, and OWS-
                              related charges.

Policing and arrest records should include, at a minimum, NYPD activity in connection
with OWS actions on the following days where significant OWS protests are known to
have occurred:

                                                             i. September 17, 201111;
                                                             ii. September 24, 201112;
                                                             iii. October 1, 201113;

	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
11
   Colin Moynihan, Wall Street Protest Begins, With Demonstrators Blocked, N.Y. TIMES, Sept. 17, 2011,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/wall-street-protest-begins-with-demonstrators-blocked/.
12
   About 80 Arrested in Union Square Protest, WNYC NEWSROOM, Sept. 24, 2011, http://www.wnyc.org/
blogs/wnyc-news-blog/2011/sep/24/union-square-protest/.
13
   Al Baker et al., Police Arrest More Than 700 Protesters on Brooklyn Bridge, N.Y. TIMES, Oct. 1, 2011,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/police-arresting-protesters-on-brooklyn-bridge/.
                                                             iv. October 5, 201114;
                                                             v. October 14-15, 201115;
                                                             vi. October 26, 201116;
                                                             vii. November 3, 201117;
                                                             viii. November 4, 201118;
                                                             ix. November 5, 201119;
                                                             x. November 14-15, 201120;
                                                             xi. November 17, 201121;
                                                             xii. December 12, 201122;
                                                             xiii. December 17, 201123;
                                                             xiv. December 31, 2011-January 1, 201224;
                                                             xv. January 3, 201225;
                                                             xvi. January 6, 201226;
                                                             xvii. January 16, 201227;

	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
14
   Sonja Sharp et al., Reports of Pepper Spray, Arrests, After Biggest Wall Street Protest Yet,
DNAINFO.COM, Oct. 6, 2011, http://www.dnainfo.com/20111005/downtown/thousands-converge-on-foley-
square-for-occupy-wall-street-protest.
15
   Adam Gabbatt et al., ‘Occupy’ Anti-Capitalism Protests Spread Around the World, THE GUARDIAN, Oct.
15, 2011, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/16/occupy-protests-europe-london-assange.
16
   Catherine Dodge & Esmé E. Deprez, Occupy Wall Street Clashes Show Risks to Democrats in Embracing
Protesters, BLOOMBERG, Oct 27, 2011, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-27/occupy-clashes-
show-risks-to-democrats.html; Occupy Wall Street Protesters Support Injured War Vet, CNN, Oct. 26. 2011,
http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-27/us/us_occupy-wall-street_1_protesters-support-demonstrators-war-
veteran?_s=PM:US.
17
   Jessica Firger, 16 Arrested in March on Goldman Sachs, WALL ST. J., Nov. 3, 2011,
http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2011/11/03/16-arrested-after-protesters-march-on-goldman-sachs/.
18
   Al Baker, Police Force Wall Street Protesters Off Sidewalks, N.Y. TIMES, Nov. 5, 2011,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/05/police-force-wall-street-protesters-off-sidewalks/.
19
   Christopher Robbins, NYPD Arrest Scores of Occupy Wall Street Protesters Near Foley Square,
GOTHAMIST, Nov. 5, 2011,
http://gothamist.com/2011/11/05/nypd_arrests_occupy_wall_street_pro.php#photo-1; 20 People Arrested at
Occupy Wall Street Demonstration in NYC, SYRACUSE.COM, Nov. 5, 2011,
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/20_people_arrest_at_occupy_wal.html.
20
   Occupy Wall Street: Police Evict Protesters – As It Happened, THE GUARDIAN, Nov. 15, 2011,
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2011/nov/15/occupy-wall-street-police-action-live.
21
   Mass Arrests at Occupy Wall Street Protests, BBC NEWS, Nov. 18, 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/
world-us-canada-15784439.
22
   Occupy Wall Street “Squidding” at Goldman Sachs Right Now, THE GOTHAMIST, Dec. 12, 2011,
http://gothamist.com/2011/12/12/occupy_wall_street_squidding_at_gol.php#photo-1
23
   Dominique Debucquoy Dodley & Jesse Solomon, 50 Arrested in Occupy Wall Street Demonstration,
CNN, Dec. 18, 2011, http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/17/us/new-york-occupy-arrests/index.html.
24
   Paul Lomax & Tom Liddy, Dozens Arrested During Occupy Wall Street Protest on New Year's Eve,
DNAINFO.COM, Jan. 1, 2012, http://www.dnainfo.com/0120101/downtown/occupy-wall-street-protesters-
storm-zuccotti-park-on-new-years-eve#ixzz1rmsop5Df; Barry Paddock & Helen Kennedy, Cops Arrest 68
as Occupy Wall Street Protesters Try to ‘Retake’ Zuccotti Park, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, Jan. 1, 2012,
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-01-01/news/30580003_1_cops-arrest-mass-arrests-zuccotti-park.
25
   Rebecca Harshbarger, Occupy Wall Street Protesters Rally then Busted in Grand Central, N.Y. POST, Jan.
3, 2012, http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/occupy_wall_street_
protesters_mob_LqqafQu7s662VS8nYBcAsL.
26
   Nick Pinto, Occupy Wall Street Goes to Bloomberg’s House to Protest Press Arrests, VILLAGE VOICE,
Jan. 6, 2012, http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/01/occupy_wall_str_42.php.
                                                             xviii. February 29, 201228;
                                                             xix. March 17-18, 201229;
                                                             xx. March 21, 201230;
                                                             xxi. March 23, 201231;
                                                             xxii. March 24, 201232;
                                                             xxiii. March 25, 201233;
                                                             xxiv. March 30, 201234;
                                                             xxv. April 1, 201235;
                                                             xxvi. April 5, 201236;
                                                             xxvii. April 6, 201237.
	
  
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27
   Marc Beja, At Least Six Arrested during Occupy Wall Street Protest, AM N.Y., Jan. 16, 2012,
http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/at-least-six-arrested-during-occupy-wall-street-protest-1.3456802.
28
   Andy Newman, Arrests and Protests With New Occupy Wall St. Push, N.Y. TIMES, Feb. 29, 2012,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/arrests-and-protests-as-occupy-wall-street-resumes/; Gianna
Palmer, Occupy Wall Street Demonstrators Arrested During New York City Protests, HUFFINGTON POST,
Feb. 29, 2012, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/occupy-wall-street-new-york-city-
arrests_n_1311415.html.
29
   Colin Moynihan, Scores Arrested as the Police Clear Zuccotti Park, N.Y. TIMES, Mar. 17, 2012,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/arrests-made-as-protesters-mark-occupy-wall-streets-six-
month-anniversary/; Chris Francescani, Dozens Arrested at Occupy's 6-Month Anniversary Rally, REUTERS,
Mar. 18, 2012, http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/18/us-usa-occupy-wallstreet-
idUSBRE82G0FC20120318; Ryan Devereaux, Dozens Arrested as Occupy Wall Street Marks Anniversary
With Fresh Protests, THE GUARDIAN, Mar. 18, 2012, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/18/
occupy-wall-street-six-month-anniversary?newsfeed=true.
30
   Al Baker & Colin Moynihan, Occupy Protesters Are Arrested at Union Square Park, N.Y. TIMES, Mar.
21, 2012, http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/police-and-protesters-clash-at-union-square-park/;
Hundreds Of OWS Protesters, NYPD Clash in Union Square Park, CBS N.Y., Mar. 21, 2012,
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/21/hundreds-of-ows-protesters-nypd-clash-in-union-square-park/.
31
   Matt Kozar, Occupy Wall Street Gearing Up for More Protests, N.Y. NEWS, Mar. 23, 2012,
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=8593349.
32
   Colin Moynihan, Arrests at Occupy Wall Street Rally, N.Y. TIMES, Mar. 24, 2012,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/arrests-at-occupy-wall-street-rally/?ref=occupywallstreet;
Ryan Devereaux, Occupy Wall Street Demonstrators March to Protest Against Police Violence, THE
GUARDIAN, Mar. 24, 2012, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/25/occupy-wall-street-protest-
police; NYPD Arrests 14 OWS Protesters, RUSSIA TODAY, Mar. 25, 2012, http://rt.com/news/nypd-arrests-
14-ows-397/.
33
   Daniel Prendergast & Rebecca Harshbarger, 10 Arrested in OWS March, N.Y. POST, Mar. 25, 2012,
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/busted_in_ows_march_rGtDHZqFRXCb6QQELkyERP.
34
   Occupy Wall Street Protesters Stage Rally in Front of NYSE, PRESS TV, Mar. 31, 2012,
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/233903.html.
35
   Occupy Wall Street March Across Brooklyn Bridge To Mark Arrests, CBS N.Y., Apr. 1, 2012,
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/04/01/occupy-wall-street-protestors-plan-march-on-brooklyn/.
36
   Colin Moynihan, Occupiers Hold a Slumber Party Near Union Square, N.Y. Times, Apr. 6, 2011,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/occupiers-hold-a-slumber-party-near-union-square/.
37
   Colin Moynihan, Occupiers Hold a Slumber Party Near Union Square, N.Y. TIMES, Apr. 6, 2012,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/occupiers-hold-a-slumber-party-near-union-square/.
        Pursuant to Section 89(3) of the Public Officers Law, we expect a response within
five (5) business days of your receipt of the request. Please release information
responding to this request on a rolling basis.

        We request to receive all information responsive to our request in electronic
format, whenever possible. If some or all of the responsive information is available in
digital form, please send it to the email address below.

         If this request is denied in whole or in part, please identify the appropriate
appellate authority and justify all specific deletions by reference to exemptions in the
statute. In addition, please release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. If
you deny this request or any portion of this request, please state particularized and
specific justifications for withholding. Please exclude, specifically and through redactions,
all individual identifiable information or other private individual information from this
request that would legitimately be exempt under Section 87(2)(b) of the Public Officers
Law.38

        As this information concerns a matter of intense public interest—law enforcement
response to ongoing free speech activities that have inspired national and international
solidarity action and public attention—we request a fee waiver and expedited processing.
The disclosure of the information sought is not in commercial interest and is likely to
significantly contribute to public understanding of the operations or activities of the
government. The requesters are individuals and organizations seeking information for
legal and scholarly review and research, and for publication and dissemination to the
public. Some of the requesters are concerned individuals from OWS seeking information
about the policing of their social movement. Please contact the undersigned in advance of
charging any fees in order to authorize a practical limitation of fees for this matter if any
fees are to be charged.

       To respond to this request, or to ask any questions that arise in its processing,
please email the undersigned at parpfoil@gmail.com, preferably, or direct mail to:

                                                      Emilou MacLean and Sarah Knuckey
                                                      Protest and Assembly Rights Project
                                                      c/o Global Justice Clinic
                                                      Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.
                                                      245 Sullivan St.
                                                      New York, NY, 10012

                                                      Thank you for your time and assistance in this matter.

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38
  “Each agency shall, in accordance with its published rules, make available for public inspection and
copying all records, except that such agency may deny access to records or portions thereof that . . . (b) if
disclosed would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy under the provisions of subdivision
two of section eighty-nine of this article. . . .” Public Officers Law, Sec. 87(2)(b).
                                                      /s/

Emilou MacLean
Protest and Assembly Rights Project39

Global Justice Clinic (Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.)
245 Sullivan St.
New York, NY, 10012

Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic
33 W 60th St., 2nd floor
New York, NY, 10023

Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY10012

National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter
113 University Place, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Stecklow Cohen & Thompson
10 Spring Street Ste. 1
New York, NY 10012

Bina Ahmad, Esq.
Alan Levine, Esq.
Meg Maurus, Esq.
Gideon Oliver, Esq.

Archives Working Group
Occupy Wall Street

Individual Representatives of Occupy Wall Street:
    Aaron Bornstein, ThinkTank and Education/Empowerment Working Groups
    Chloe Cockburn
    Cara Hartley
    Becky Hurwitz
    Cari Machet, Public Relations, Media, and Movement Building Working Groups
    Paul McLean, Arts & Culture Working Group

	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
39
   The Protest and Assembly Rights Project is an initiative of multiple law school clinics across the country
– including the Global Justice Clinic of Washington Square Legal Services and the Walter Leitner
International Human Rights Clinic in New York City. The Project aims to document and publicly report on
the extent to which the government (local, state, national) has met its international and constitutional law
obligations to respect the right to assembly in its response to the Occupy movement.
       Amy Roberts, Archives Working Group

	
  
Records Access Officer
NYC Police Department
FOIL Unit – Legal Bureau
One Police Plaza, Room 110-C
New York, New York 10038

                                                          DATE: April 19, 2012

REQUESTOR’S NAME: Emilou MacLean, Global Justice Clinic, Walter Leitner
International Human Rights Clinic, Center for Constitutional Rights, National Lawyer
Guild – New York City Chapter, Stecklow Cohen & Thompson, Bina Ahmad, Esq., Alan
Levine, Esq., Meg Maurus, Esq., Gideon Oliver, Esq., Archives Working Group, Aaron
Bornstein, Chloe Cockburn, Cara Hartley, Becky Hurwitz, Cari Machet, Paul McLean,
Amy Roberts.

ADDRESS:       Protest and Assembly Rights Project
               c/o Global Justice Clinic
               Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.
               245 Sullivan St.
               New York, NY, 10012
               parpfoil@gmail.com



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NYC Police Department
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April 19, 2012

RE:                                                   Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Request Concerning Use of Force

Dear Records Access Officer:

       The undersigned individuals, the Global Justice Clinic of Washington Square
Legal Services, the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, the Center for
Constitutional Rights, the National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter, the
Foundation for Responsible and Open Government, Stecklow Cohen & Thompson, and
the Archives Working Group of Occupy Wall Street, submit this information request
pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), Sections 84-90 of the
Public Officers Law, and its implementing regulations, 21 NYCRR Part 1401.

BACKGROUND

        On September 17, 2011, individuals protesting under the banner of Occupy Wall
Street (OWS) began an encampment at Liberty Plaza Park, a/k/a Zuccotti Park, the
privately owned public space owned by Brookfield Properties, located at Broadway and
Liberty Street, in lower Manhattan. On November 15, 2011, in the middle of the night,
the New York Police Department (NYPD), along with Brookfield and other entities,
evicted OWS protesters from Zuccotti Park, where they had sustained a constant protest
for nearly two months. Since September 17, 2011, OWS protests, marches, and
assemblies have been – and continue to be – held across New York City in a variety of
locations.1

         There have been reports of mass arrests, unjustified or unlawful arrests, “kettling,”
restriction of the ability of individuals to peacefully assemble, aggressive or excessive
police force, police misconduct, and police surveillance in relation to OWS protests.2
Journalists, legal observers, and elected representatives have also reportedly been subject
to police force, arrest, deprivation of liberty, and criminal prosecutions.3
	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
1
  OWS has maintained a presence in Zuccotti Park since September 17, 2011, Union Square since March
2012, and Wall Street since April 10, 2012, among other locations.
2
  See, e.g., Felicia Sonmez, Occupy Wall Street Police Response Should Be Investigated by DOJ, Nadler
Says, WASHINGTON POST, Dec. 6, 2011, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/occupy-
wall-street-police-response-should-be-investigated-by-doj-nadler-says/2011/12/06/gIQApt1FaO_blog.html.
3
  See, e.g., Dominic Rushe, Occupy Wall Street: NYPD Attempt Media Blackout at Zuccotti Park, THE
GUARDIAN, Nov. 15, 2011, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/15/occupy-journalists-media-
blackout; Occupy Wall Street Legal Observer Arrested After Being Run Over by a Police Scooter,
ALTERNET, Oct. 14, 2011, http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/680476/
occupy_wall_street_legal_observer_arrested_after_being_run_over_by_police_scooter/; Ydanis Rodriguez
       This request seeks information related to the local, state, and federal law
enforcement and private partner planning for and response to OWS protests in New York
City. This request defines “OWS protests” to refer to protests, marches, and assemblies
connected to OWS, including affiliated protests in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and
Queens, such as protests affiliated with Occupy the Bronx, Occupy the Hood, Occupy
Sunset Park, and Ocupemos Queens.

                                                     We request:

INFORMATION CONCERNING USE OF FORCE

Any and all information concerning the use of force by the NYPD in connection with
OWS protests in or after September 2011. This includes the use of physical force
(throwing, shoving, punching, hitting, kicking, chokeholds, use of nightsticks and/or
blunt instruments, etc.), chemical agents, vehicles or horses, and/or other force.

The information requested includes, but is not limited to:

                           a.                         Date and location of the use of force;
                           b.                         Type of force used;
                           c.                         Purported justification for the use of force;
                           d.                         Medical care needed, requested, provided, and/or denied; and
                           e.                         Reports on injuries to members of the NYPD (uniformed and civilian) or damage
                                                      to NYPD property.

Records should include, at a minimum, NYPD use of force records in connection with
OWS activities on the following days where significant OWS protests are known to have
occurred:

                                                             i.                                September 17, 20114;
                                                             ii.                               September 24, 20115;
                                                             iii.                              October 1, 20116;
                                                             iv.                               October 5, 20117;
                                                             v.                                October 14-15, 20118;

	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
Arrested: New York City Council Member Hit and Arrested During Police Raid at Zuccotti Park,
HUFFINGTON POST, Nov. 15, 2011, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/ydanis-rodriguez-arrested-
hit-occupy-wall-street-raid_n_1094645.html.
4
  Colin Moynihan, Wall Street Protest Begins, With Demonstrators Blocked, N.Y. TIMES, Sept. 17, 2011,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/wall-street-protest-begins-with-demonstrators-blocked/.
5
  About 80 Arrested in Union Square Protest, WNYC NEWSROOM, Sept. 24, 2011, http://www.wnyc.org/
blogs/wnyc-news-blog/2011/sep/24/union-square-protest/.
6
  Al Baker et al., Police Arrest More Than 700 Protesters on Brooklyn Bridge, N.Y. TIMES, Oct. 1, 2011,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/police-arresting-protesters-on-brooklyn-bridge/.
7
  Sonja Sharp et al., Reports of Pepper Spray, Arrests, After Biggest Wall Street Protest Yet, DNAINFO.COM,
Oct. 6, 2011, http://www.dnainfo.com/20111005/downtown/thousands-converge-on-foley-square-for-
occupy-wall-street-protest.
                                                             vi. October 26, 20119;
                                                             vii. November 3, 201110;
                                                             viii. November 4, 201111;
                                                             ix. November 5, 201112;
                                                             x. November 14-15, 201113;
                                                             xi. November 17, 201114;
                                                             xii. December 12, 201115;
                                                             xiii. December 17, 201116;
                                                             xiv. December 31, 2011 – January 1, 201217;
                                                             xv. January 3, 201218;
                                                             xvi. January 6, 201219;
                                                             xvii. January 16, 201220;
                                                             xviii. February 29, 201221;
	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
8
  Adam Gabbatt et al., ‘Occupy’ Anti-Capitalism Protests Spread Around the World, THE GUARDIAN, Oct.
15, 2011, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/16/occupy-protests-europe-london-assange.
9
  Catherine Dodge & Esmé E. Deprez, Occupy Wall Street Clashes Show Risks to Democrats in Embracing
Protesters, BLOOMBERG, Oct 27, 2011, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-27/occupy-clashes-
show-risks-to-democrats.html; Occupy Wall Street Protesters Support Injured War Vet, CNN, Oct. 26. 2011,
http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-27/us/us_occupy-wall-street_1_protesters-support-demonstrators-war-
veteran?_s=PM:US.
10
   Jessica Firger, 16 Arrested in March on Goldman Sachs, WALL ST. J., Nov. 3, 2011,
http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2011/11/03/16-arrested-after-protesters-march-on-goldman-sachs/.
11
   Al Baker, Police Force Wall Street Protesters Off Sidewalks, N.Y. TIMES, Nov. 5, 2011,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/05/police-force-wall-street-protesters-off-sidewalks/.
12
   Christopher Robbins, NYPD Arrest Scores of Occupy Wall Street Protesters Near Foley Square,
GOTHAMIST, Nov. 5, 2011,
http://gothamist.com/2011/11/05/nypd_arrests_occupy_wall_street_pro.php#photo-1; 20 People Arrested at
Occupy Wall Street Demonstration in NYC, SYRACUSE.COM, Nov. 5, 2011,
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/11/20_people_arrest_at_occupy_wal.html.
13
   Occupy Wall Street: Police Evict Protesters – As It Happened, THE GUARDIAN, Nov. 15, 2011,
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2011/nov/15/occupy-wall-street-police-action-live.
14
   Mass Arrests at Occupy Wall Street Protests, BBC NEWS, Nov. 18, 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/
world-us-canada-15784439.
15
   Occupy Wall Street “Squidding” at Goldman Sachs Right Now, THE GOTHAMIST, Dec. 12, 2011,
http://gothamist.com/2011/12/12/occupy_wall_street_squidding_at_gol.php#photo-1
16
   Dominique Debucquoy Dodley & Jesse Solomon, 50 Arrested in Occupy Wall Street Demonstration,
CNN, Dec. 18, 2011, http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/17/us/new-york-occupy-arrests/index.html.
17
   Paul Lomax & Tom Liddy, Dozens Arrested During Occupy Wall Street Protest on New Year's Eve,
DNAINFO.COM, Jan. 1, 2012, http://www.dnainfo.com/0120101/downtown/occupy-wall-street-protesters-
storm-zuccotti-park-on-new-years-eve#ixzz1rmsop5Df; Barry Paddock & Helen Kennedy, Cops Arrest 68
as Occupy Wall Street Protesters Try to ‘Retake’ Zuccotti Park, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, Jan. 1, 2012,
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-01-01/news/30580003_1_cops-arrest-mass-arrests-zuccotti-park.
18
   Rebecca Harshbarger, Occupy Wall Street Protesters Rally then Busted in Grand Central, N.Y. POST, Jan.
3, 2012, http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/occupy_wall_street_
protesters_mob_LqqafQu7s662VS8nYBcAsL.
19
   Nick Pinto, Occupy Wall Street Goes to Bloomberg’s House to Protest Press Arrests, VILLAGE VOICE,
Jan. 6, 2012, http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/01/occupy_wall_str_42.php.
20
   Marc Beja, At Least Six Arrested during Occupy Wall Street Protest, AM N.Y., Jan. 16, 2012,
http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/at-least-six-arrested-during-occupy-wall-street-protest-1.3456802.
21
   Andy Newman, Arrests and Protests With New Occupy Wall St. Push, N.Y. TIMES, Feb. 29, 2012,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/arrests-and-protests-as-occupy-wall-street-resumes/; Gianna
Palmer, Occupy Wall Street Demonstrators Arrested During New York City Protests, HUFFINGTON POST,
                                                             xix. March 17-18, 201222;
                                                             xx. March 21, 201223;
                                                             xxi. March 23, 201224;
                                                             xxii. March 24, 201225;
                                                             xxiii. March 25, 201226;
                                                             xxiv. March 30, 201227;
                                                             xxv. April 1, 201228;
                                                             xxvi. April 5, 201229;
                                                             xxvii. April 6, 201230.
	
  
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        Pursuant to Section 89(3) of the Public Officers Law, we expect a response within
five (5) business days of your receipt of the request. Please release information
responding to this request on a rolling basis.

        We request to receive all information responsive to our request in electronic
format, whenever possible. If some or all of the responsive information is available in
digital form, please send it to the email address below.

	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
Feb. 29, 2012, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/occupy-wall-street-new-york-city-
arrests_n_1311415.html.
22
   Colin Moynihan, Scores Arrested as the Police Clear Zuccotti Park, N.Y. TIMES, Mar. 17, 2012,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/arrests-made-as-protesters-mark-occupy-wall-streets-six-
month-anniversary/; Chris Francescani, Dozens Arrested at Occupy's 6-Month Anniversary Rally, REUTERS,
Mar. 18, 2012, http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/18/us-usa-occupy-wallstreet-
idUSBRE82G0FC20120318; Ryan Devereaux, Dozens Arrested as Occupy Wall Street Marks Anniversary
With Fresh Protests, THE GUARDIAN, Mar. 18, 2012, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/18/
occupy-wall-street-six-month-anniversary?newsfeed=true.
23
   Al Baker & Colin Moynihan, Occupy Protesters Are Arrested at Union Square Park, N.Y. TIMES, Mar.
21, 2012, http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/police-and-protesters-clash-at-union-square-park/;
Hundreds Of OWS Protesters, NYPD Clash in Union Square Park, CBS N.Y., Mar. 21, 2012,
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/21/hundreds-of-ows-protesters-nypd-clash-in-union-square-park/.
24
   Matt Kozar, Occupy Wall Street Gearing Up for More Protests, N.Y. NEWS, Mar. 23, 2012,
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=8593349.
25
   Colin Moynihan, Arrests at Occupy Wall Street Rally, N.Y. TIMES, Mar. 24, 2012,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/arrests-at-occupy-wall-street-rally/?ref=occupywallstreet;
Ryan Devereaux, Occupy Wall Street Demonstrators March to Protest Against Police Violence, THE
GUARDIAN, Mar. 24, 2012, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/25/occupy-wall-street-protest-
police; NYPD Arrests 14 OWS Protesters, RUSSIA TODAY, Mar. 25, 2012, http://rt.com/news/nypd-arrests-
14-ows-397/.
26
   Daniel Prendergast & Rebecca Harshbarger, 10 Arrested in OWS March, N.Y. POST, Mar. 25, 2012,
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/busted_in_ows_march_rGtDHZqFRXCb6QQELkyERP.
27
   Occupy Wall Street Protesters Stage Rally in Front of NYSE, PRESS TV, Mar. 31, 2012,
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/233903.html.
28
   Occupy Wall Street March Across Brooklyn Bridge To Mark Arrests, CBS N.Y., Apr. 1, 2012,
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/04/01/occupy-wall-street-protestors-plan-march-on-brooklyn/.
29
   Colin Moynihan, Occupiers Hold a Slumber Party Near Union Square, N.Y. Times, Apr. 6, 2011,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/occupiers-hold-a-slumber-party-near-union-square/.
30
   Colin Moynihan, Occupiers Hold a Slumber Party Near Union Square, N.Y. TIMES, Apr. 6, 2012,
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/occupiers-hold-a-slumber-party-near-union-square/.
         If this request is denied in whole or in part, please identify the appropriate
appellate authority and justify all specific deletions by reference to exemptions in the
statute. In addition, please release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. If
you deny this request or any portion of this request, please state particularized and
specific justifications for withholding. Please exclude, specifically and through redactions,
all individual identifiable information or other private individual information from this
request that would legitimately be exempt under Section 87(2)(b) of the Public Officers
Law.31

        As this information concerns a matter of intense public interest—law enforcement
response to ongoing free speech activities that have inspired national and international
solidarity action and public attention—we request a fee waiver and expedited processing.
The disclosure of the information sought is not in commercial interest and is likely to
significantly contribute to public understanding of the operations or activities of the
government. The requesters are individuals and organizations seeking information for
legal and scholarly review and research, and for publication and dissemination to the
public. Some of the requesters are concerned individuals from OWS seeking information
about the policing of their social movement. Please contact the undersigned in advance of
charging any fees in order to authorize a practical limitation of fees for this matter if any
fees are to be charged.

       To respond to this request, or to ask any questions that arise in its processing,
please email the undersigned at parpfoil@gmail.com, preferably, or direct mail to:

                                           Emilou MacLean and Sarah Knuckey
                                           Protest and Assembly Rights Project
                                           c/o Global Justice Clinic
                                           Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.
                                           245 Sullivan St.
                                           New York, NY, 10012

                                           Thank you for your time and assistance in this matter.

                                                                                                                                 Sincerely,

                                           /s/

Emilou MacLean
Protest and Assembly Rights Project32
	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
31
   “Each agency shall, in accordance with its published rules, make available for public inspection and
copying all records, except that such agency may deny access to records or portions thereof that . . . (b) if
disclosed would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy under the provisions of subdivision
two of section eighty-nine of this article. . . .” Public Officers Law, Sec. 87(2)(b).
32
   The Protest and Assembly Rights Project is an initiative of multiple law school clinics across the country
– including the Global Justice Clinic of Washington Square Legal Services and the Walter Leitner
International Human Rights Clinic in New York City. The Project aims to document and publicly report on
the extent to which the government (local, state, national) has met its international and constitutional law
Global Justice Clinic (Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.)
245 Sullivan St.
New York, NY, 10012

Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic
33 W 60th St., 2nd floor
New York, NY, 10023

Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY10012

National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter
113 University Place, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Stecklow Cohen & Thompson
10 Spring Street Ste. 1
New York, NY 10012

Bina Ahmad, Esq.
Alan Levine, Esq.
Meg Maurus, Esq.
Gideon Oliver, Esq.

Archives Working Group
Occupy Wall Street

Individual Representatives of Occupy Wall Street:
    Aaron Bornstein, ThinkTank and Education/Empowerment Working Groups
    Chloe Cockburn
    Cara Hartley
    Becky Hurwitz
    Cari Machet, Public Relations, Media, and Movement Building Working Groups
    Paul McLean, Arts & Culture Working Group
    Amy Roberts, Archives Working Group

	
  




	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
obligations to respect the right to assembly in its response to the Occupy movement.
Records Access Officer
NYC Police Department
FOIL Unit – Legal Bureau
One Police Plaza, Room 110-C
New York, New York 10038

                                                          DATE: April 19, 2012

REQUESTOR’S NAME: Emilou MacLean, Global Justice Clinic, Walter Leitner
International Human Rights Clinic, Center for Constitutional Rights, National Lawyer
Guild – New York City Chapter, Stecklow Cohen & Thompson, Bina Ahmad, Esq., Alan
Levine, Esq., Meg Maurus, Esq., Gideon Oliver, Esq., Archives Working Group, Aaron
Bornstein, Chloe Cockburn, Cara Hartley, Becky Hurwitz, Cari Machet, Paul McLean,
Amy Roberts.

ADDRESS:       Protest and Assembly Rights Project
               c/o Global Justice Clinic
               Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.
               245 Sullivan St.
               New York, NY, 10012
               parpfoil@gmail.com



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NYC Police Department
FOIL Unit – Legal Bureau
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New York, New York 10038

April 19, 2012

RE: Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Request Concerning Surveillance of
Protestors

Dear Records Access Officer:

       The undersigned individuals, the Global Justice Clinic of Washington Square
Legal Services, the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, the Center for
Constitutional Rights, the National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter, the
Foundation for Responsible and Open Government, Stecklow Cohen & Thompson, and
the Archives Working Group of Occupy Wall Street, submit this information request
pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), Sections 84-90 of the
Public Officers Law, and its implementing regulations, 21 NYCRR Part 1401.

BACKGROUND

        On September 17, 2011, individuals protesting under the banner of Occupy Wall
Street (OWS) began an encampment at Liberty Plaza Park, a/k/a Zuccotti Park, the
privately owned public space owned by Brookfield Properties, located at Broadway and
Liberty Street, in lower Manhattan. On November 15, 2011, in the middle of the night,
the New York Police Department (NYPD), along with Brookfield and other entities,
evicted OWS protesters from Zuccotti Park, where they had sustained a constant protest
for nearly two months. Since September 17, 2011, OWS protests, marches, and
assemblies have been – and continue to be – held across New York City in a variety of
locations.1

         There have been reports of mass arrests, unjustified or unlawful arrests, “kettling,”
restriction of the ability of individuals to peacefully assemble, aggressive or excessive
police force, police misconduct, and police surveillance in relation to OWS protests.2
Journalists, legal observers, and elected representatives have also reportedly been subject
to police force, arrest, deprivation of liberty, and criminal prosecutions.3
	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
1
  OWS has maintained a presence in Zuccotti Park since September 17, 2011, Union Square since March
2012, and Wall Street since April 10, 2012, among other locations.
2
  See, e.g., Felicia Sonmez, Occupy Wall Street Police Response Should Be Investigated by DOJ, Nadler
Says, WASHINGTON POST, Dec. 6, 2011, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/occupy-
wall-street-police-response-should-be-investigated-by-doj-nadler-says/2011/12/06/gIQApt1FaO_blog.html.
3
  See, e.g., Dominic Rushe, Occupy Wall Street: NYPD Attempt Media Blackout at Zuccotti Park, THE
GUARDIAN, Nov. 15, 2011, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/15/occupy-journalists-media-
blackout; Occupy Wall Street Legal Observer Arrested After Being Run Over by a Police Scooter,
ALTERNET, Oct. 14, 2011, http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/680476/
       This request seeks information related to the local, state, and federal law
enforcement and private partner planning for and response to OWS protests in New York
City. This request defines “OWS protests” to refer to protests, marches, and assemblies
connected to OWS, including affiliated protests in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and
Queens, such as protests affiliated with Occupy the Bronx, Occupy the Hood, Occupy
Sunset Park, and Ocupemos Queens.

     We request:
	
  
INFORMATION CONCERNING SURVEILLANCE OF PROTESTERS

Any and all information concerning the surveillance of protesters in New York City
in or after June 2011.4

This includes, but is not limited to:

                           a. The policy and/or practice of the NYPD Technical Assistance Research Unit
                              (TARU) in connection with the OWS protests.
                           b. Information concerning law enforcement personnel infiltrating OWS; and NYPD
                              investigation or surveillance of OWS or any person or organization believed to be
                              an organizer or activist of OWS.
                           c. Information concerning the role of the Intelligence Division in monitoring and/or
                              questioning OWS protesters, including Intelligence Division Activity Reports
                              (weekly) and Intelligence Division Reports and Worksheets in connection with
                              OWS.5


	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
occupy_wall_street_legal_observer_arrested_after_being_run_over_by_police_scooter/; Ydanis Rodriguez
Arrested: New York City Council Member Hit and Arrested During Police Raid at Zuccotti Park,
HUFFINGTON POST, Nov. 15, 2011, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/ydanis-rodriguez-arrested-
hit-occupy-wall-street-raid_n_1094645.html.
4
  See, e.g., Tom Hayes, Activists Decry NYPD Monitoring Of Liberal Political Groups, HUFFINGTON POST,
Mar. 28, 2012, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/activists-nypd-surveillance-liberal-groups-
peoples-summit-jumaane-williams_n_1387533.html; Documents Reveal NYPD Infiltrated Liberal Political
Groups and Monitored Activists, ASSOCIATED PRESS, Mar. 24, 2012,
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/03/documents_reveal_nypd_infiltra.html; Colin Moynihan, Wall
Street Protesters Complain of Police Surveillance, N.Y. TIMES, Mar. 11, 2012,
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/nyregion/occupy-wall-street-protesters-complain-of-police-
monitoring.html; Chris Hawley, In NYPD Spying, a Yippie Legal Battle Echoes Again, ASSOCIATED PRESS,
Nov. 17, 2011, http://news.yahoo.com/nypd-spying-yippie-legal-battle-echoes-again-073654605.html; Tana
Geneva, Why Is OWS Blanketed With NYPD Cameras -- And Are Police Breaking the Law?, ALTERNET,
Nov. 2, 2011, http://www.alternet.org/occupywallst/152896/why_is_ows_blanketed_with_nypd_cameras_--
_and_are_police_breaking_the_law/; Jim Dwyer, City Police Spied Broadly Before G.O.P. Convention,
N.Y. TIMES, Mar. 25, 2007; Jim Dwyer, Surveillance Prompts a Suit: Police v. Police, N.Y. TIMES, Feb. 3,
2006; Jim Dwyer, Police Infiltrate Protests, Videotapes Show, N.Y. TIMES, Dec. 22, 2005.
5
  See, e.g., Sharon Otterman, Occupy Wall Street Protesters, Even in Churches, Can’t Escape Watch of
Police, N.Y. TIMES, Nov. 18, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/nyregion/occupy-wall-street-
protesters-even-in-churches-cant-escape-watch-of-police.html.
                           d. Information concerning law enforcement monitoring of communications of
                              protesters (including communication through Twitter, Facebook, and/or other
                              social media).
                           e. Legal guidelines in operation at any time between June 2011 and present
                              connected to surveillance of protesters.6
	
  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ***

        Pursuant to Section 89(3) of the Public Officers Law, we expect a response within
five (5) business days of your receipt of the request. Please release information
responding to this request on a rolling basis.

        We request to receive all information responsive to our request in electronic
format, whenever possible. If some or all of the responsive information is available in
digital form, please send it to the email address below.

         If this request is denied in whole or in part, please identify the appropriate
appellate authority and justify all specific deletions by reference to exemptions in the
statute. In addition, please release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. If
you deny this request or any portion of this request, please state particularized and
specific justifications for withholding. Please exclude, specifically and through redactions,
all individual identifiable information or other private individual information from this
request that would legitimately be exempt under Section 87(2)(b) of the Public Officers
Law.7

        As this information concerns a matter of intense public interest—law enforcement
response to ongoing free speech activities that have inspired national and international
solidarity action and public attention—we request a fee waiver and expedited processing.
The disclosure of the information sought is not in commercial interest and is likely to
significantly contribute to public understanding of the operations or activities of the
government. The requesters are individuals and organizations seeking information for
legal and scholarly review and research, and for publication and dissemination to the
public. Some of the requesters are concerned individuals from OWS seeking information
about the policing of their social movement. Please contact the undersigned in advance of
charging any fees in order to authorize a practical limitation of fees for this matter if any
fees are to be charged.

       To respond to this request, or to ask any questions that arise in its processing,
please email the undersigned at parpfoil@gmail.com, preferably, or direct mail to:


	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
6
  See, e.g., “NYPD Legal Guidelines for RNS (3-10-04)”, and “Legal Matters Presentation,” available at
www.nyclu.org/rncdocs.
7
  “Each agency shall, in accordance with its published rules, make available for public inspection and
copying all records, except that such agency may deny access to records or portions thereof that . . . (b) if
disclosed would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy under the provisions of subdivision
two of section eighty-nine of this article. . . .” Public Officers Law, Sec. 87(2)(b).
                                                      Emilou MacLean and Sarah Knuckey
                                                      Protest and Assembly Rights Project
                                                      c/o Global Justice Clinic
                                                      Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.
                                                      245 Sullivan St.
                                                      New York, NY, 10012

                                                      Thank you for your time and assistance in this matter.

                                                                                                                                                                  Sincerely,

                                                      /s/

Emilou MacLean
Protest and Assembly Rights Project8

Global Justice Clinic (Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.)
245 Sullivan St.
New York, NY, 10012

Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic
33 W 60th St., 2nd floor
New York, NY, 10023

Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY10012

National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter
113 University Place, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Stecklow Cohen & Thompson
10 Spring Street Ste. 1
New York, NY 10012

Bina Ahmad, Esq.
Alan Levine, Esq.
Meg Maurus, Esq.
Gideon Oliver, Esq.


	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  
8
  The Protest and Assembly Rights Project is an initiative of multiple law school clinics across the country
– including the Global Justice Clinic of Washington Square Legal Services and the Walter Leitner
International Human Rights Clinic in New York City. The Project aims to document and publicly report on
the extent to which the government (local, state, national) has met its international and constitutional law
obligations to respect the right to assembly in its response to the Occupy movement.
Archives Working Group
Occupy Wall Street

Individual Representatives of Occupy Wall Street:
    Aaron Bornstein, ThinkTank and Education/Empowerment Working Groups
    Chloe Cockburn
    Cara Hartley
    Becky Hurwitz
    Cari Machet, Public Relations, Media, and Movement Building Working Groups
    Paul McLean, Arts & Culture Working Group
    Amy Roberts, Archives Working Group

	
  

								
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