After FOIA revealed email in which Baltimore PD mocked sexual assault victim, BPD now requires $50 to process FOIAs
After the release of an email exchange in which an officer mocked a teenage sexual assault victim, Baltimore Police Department (BPD) appears to have changed their policies so that getting emails is a much more difficult - and prohibitively expensive - process.
Recently we filed requests with over 160 police departments across the country in an effort to obtain updated policies and contracts concerning their use of IMSI catchers. Included in this batch was BPD.
Even though the request had nothing to do with e-mails, this portion of the BPD response, requiring a $50 deposit before an email search would be conducted, stood out: