Dear Open Vallejo,
The City is releasing additional records responsive to your request today. Below are links to two videos involving the discharge of a firearm by law enforcement, and five videos involving great bodily injury to a person from use of force by law enforcement. After this production, all videos involving officer-involved shootings under AB 748 from 2017 to 2019 will have been released, and all videos involving use of force resulting in great bodily injury under AB 748 from 2018 will have been released.
These videos were reviewed and redacted to protect a reasonable expectation of privacy of involved or uninvolved parties pursuant to Government Code section 6254(f)(4). A public agency may withhold and decline to disclose an audio or video recording of a critical incident, if release of the video is not in the public interest, or it would violate an individual's reasonable expectation of privacy. Here, the City has used redaction to blur the faces of witnesses, and private conversations regarding childcare arrangements.
Each video contains a summary regarding the arrests made.
Discharge of a Firearm by Law Enforcement
Use of Force Incident Resulting in Great Bodily Injury
The rest of the cases and videos can be located at the City’s website, where the City has created indices of available material. The indices are available at the end of memo dated June 27, 2019, available at http://www.cityofvallejo.net/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=15995854. You may request any of these items by paying fees to extract exempt material.
The Public Records Act requires the City to provide a written response when a records request is denied, either in whole or in part. (Gov. Code § 6255, subd. (b).) The Public Records Act also requires that notification of denial of any request for records must include the names and titles or positions of each person responsible for the denial. (Gov. Code § 6253, subd. (d).) With the name and title provided below, in conjunction with the Vallejo Police Department and City Attorney's Office, this correspondence fulfills both of the aforementioned legal requirements.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any additional questions or concerns. Thank you.
for BEST BEST & KRIEGER LLP