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ACLU of Utah Sends Public Records Request to Get Copies of Videotapes of Olympic Legal Observers

04 April 2002 Published in Legal Advocacy

ACLU of Utah Sends Public Records Request to Get Copies of Videotapes of Olympic Legal Observers.

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ACLU Sends GRAMA Request for Videotapes of Legal Observers

April 4, 2002

By U.S. Mail

Attn:  Sheriff Bud Cox
Davis County Sheriff
800 West State Street
Farmington, Utah 84025

Attn:  Sheriff Brad W. Slater
Weber County Sheriff
457 26th Street
Ogden, Utah  84401

RE: Governmental Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA)

Dear Sheriff Cox and Sheriff Slater,

On February 9, 10, and 11, 2002, animal rights protesters demonstrated against the Olympic Rodeo at the Davis County Fairgrounds. Representatives from ACLU of Utah were at the scene in order to act as neutral observers of Olympics protests and to document the conduct of the protestors and of law enforcement. While at the scene, ACLU observers witnessed unidentified individuals dressed in yellow jackets, one wearing a black ski mask, videotaping the protestors and the ACLU observers. When one ACLU observer asked these individuals to identify themselves, they stated that they were law enforcement officers from the Weber County Sheriff’s office. Officers from the Davis County Sheriff’s office were also on the scene. The following request applies to both county sheriff’s offices.

Therefore, pursuant to the Utah Governmental Records Access and Management Act, Utah Code Ann. §§ 63-2-101 et seq., I am writing to request public documents concerning the videotaping of and collection of personally identifiable information about protestors during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Specifically, I request that you provide materials including:

 

Copies of all videotapes made of protestors and others at the protest sites during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Any information regarding the decision to make these videotapes. This information should include any rules, regulations, policies, or orders relating to videotaping protestors during the Olympics.

Any information regarding the use made of these videotapes. This information should include where these videotapes are being kept and where they will be kept in the future, whether the information on these videotapes has been transferred to any other format, how long these videotapes and any transferred information will be retained by Utah law enforcement or records offices, and who has access to this information.

Any information regarding the type of files in which the videotapes and information from videotapes are being kept.

Any information regarding other personally identifiable information about protesters gathered by your law enforcement officers. This information should include physical descriptions, vehicle license numbers and descriptions, and addresses of protestors and others at protest sites.

Identity of law enforcement officers who engaged in videotaping protests or in other activities through which personally identifiable information about protestors was gathered during the Olympics, which activities these officers engaged in, and the dates and locations on which they did so.

 

If you have any questions about this request, please contact me. Please bill my office for any reasonable copying charge associated with providing the above information and documents.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. 

Sincerely,

Janelle Eurick
Staff Attorney
ACLU of Utah