Tuesday, May 7, 2019

VIDEO: Seattle Police Headquarters Violates State Laws: Surrender Rights for Public Records Access

(Seattle, WA) - A man visits Seattle Police Department Headquarters to file a request for public information and document the process. The agency normally requires and or compels citizens to waive fundamental rights in order to access public records information.




RELEVANT LINKS
Review SPD Headquarters:
https://goo.gl/maps/T3bytYTdUVZeDVQu8
RCW "Public Records Art":
https://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=42.56
SPD Policy Manual:
https://www.seattle.gov/police-manual/title-5---employee-conduct/5001---standards-and-duties

TIMECODE
0:00 - Introduction Clips
1:44 - Cameras Everywhere Intro
1:50 - List of public contacts / Entering headquarters / short voice over
2:37 - I take a number and get #60
2:42 - Officer tells the counter ladies to respect the 1st Amendment
3:39 - I wait silently for 20 minutes / my number is never called
3:53 - SPD Employee asks me not to film
4:04 - Copy of public records request
4:26 - SPD employee violates several laws and ethical policies
4:52 - Can one submit a request anonymously??
6:10 - I ask for a supervisor and tell employee she is violating state law
6:44 - Man threatens me with police for apologizing
7:13 - Friendly SPD Supervisor arrives
7:37 - Officer tells me he's recording me with "audio and video"
7:46 - I tell the supervisor exactly what I'm doing and why
9:02 - Supervisor initially fails, but does try to be helpful
9:45 - I ask supervisor if she will comply with the law
9:45 - Man assails News Now Seattle (audio recorded only)
SPD
10:02 - SPD Supervisor: "We're used to asking for ID"
10:09- SPD Supervisor agrees to abide by the law
11:13 - SPD Supervisor begins to provide the "fullest assistance" as required by law
12:10 - SPD Supervisor accepts my public records request
12:22 - SPD policy manual revised on 04/01/2019
12:29 - Public records request for SPD policy revisions
12:50 - I give the SPD supervisor an ethical scorecard
13:16 - SPD Supervisor expresses desire to be helpful
13:53 - City of Seattle Ethics Code +
14:14 - SPD Supervisor asks about "names tags"
15:20 - Response to public records request made in 1 business day
15:30 - Angry man says he was just "frustrated"
16:18 - I compliment the officer and we talk about cameras everywhere
17:04 - SPD supervisor continues to provide the "fullest assistance"
17:51- In video results and quick scorecard
18:12 - List of public contacts

 FEDERAL LAW & CODE
- United States Constitution, A. I, IV, XIV
- 42 U.S.Code § 1983 "Deprivation of Rights"
STATE LAW & CODE
- Washington State Constitution Article I, SEC. 1-35
- RCW 42.20.040 “False Report”
- RCW 42.20.100 “Failure of Duty by Public Officer”
- RCW 42.52.200 "Agency Rules"
- RCW 42.56.030 "Construction"
- RCW 42.56.080 "Identifiable records—Facilities for copying—Availability of public records"
- WAC 44-14-04003 “Responsibilities of agencies in processing requests.”
 -RCW 9A.72.080 “Statement of what one does not know to be true”
 -RCW 9A.80.010 "Official Misconduct"
- RCW 9A.60.030 “Obtaining a signature by deception or duress”
CITY OF SEATTLE ETHICS CODES
- Seattle City Ethics Code. 4.16.020 "Purpose"
- S.M.C. 14.06.010 - .030 "Unfair Public Accommodations Practices"
SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT MANUAL
- 5.001-POL "Standards & Duties" #2, #7, #10, #14
- 5.140-POL "Bias-Free Policing" #1, #2, #5, #9
- 5.160-POL "Citizen Observation of Officers"
- 10.020-POL “Physical security of police facilities”
- 12.080-POL “Disclosure of Department Records”