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Do I have to send or give a copy of My ID to police when requesting FOIA for Body Cam Video?
Do I have to send or give a copy of My ID to police when requesting FOIA for Body Cam Video? this is their reply by email from Police FOIA----> please send a copy of your ID to confirm your identity, as multiple people appear in the video you are requesting.
- Anonymous2 months ago
FOIA applies to the administrative offices of the federal govt only. In my state, the state open records law specifically forbids them from requiring your name even. They are also not permitted to demand you explain why you need them. You may request records anonymously and, if they are public records that aren't exempt, they are obligated to provide them. A lawyer could even get a mandamus for you without ever revealing your name.
The text below was copied from my state's AG faq on public records. Your state law may be different.:
"Unless a specific law says otherwise, a requester does not have to give the reason for wanting the records, give his or her name or make the request in writing, but the request does have to be clear and specific enough for the public office to reasonably identify what public records are being requested. "
As a side note, parts if the bodycam video may be protected for various reasons. For example they might not release video inside my house to you, but they might release that same video to me.
- The TruthseekerLv 72 months ago
Yes, they have to verify your identity, if you go in person they may or may not make a copy.
- MaxiLv 72 months ago
If you want them to deal with your request, then of course you have to send a copy of your ID