Freedom of Information Act document requests from Invisible Institute

These are requests the Invisible Institute has made. We sort them by whether the process is complete. Then whether the information has been requested without a response, if the response has been to extend the time limit on response, and whether the request was fulfilled or denied.

To see the many of the Chicago Police documents we have received, you can visit Invisible Institute’s Citizens Police Data Project.

If you want instructions on how to sort and filter so that you can find the information you are interested in, you can visit Airtable’s guide. You cannot edit this Airtable.

Freedom of Information Act data requests from Invisible Institute

These are requests the Invisible Institute has made. We sort them by whether the process is complete. Then whether the information has been requested without a response, if the response has been to extend the time limit on response, and whether the request was fulfilled or denied.

To see the collections of data we have received, you can visit Invisible Institute’s GitHub.

If you want instructions on how to sort and filter so that you can find the information you are interested in, you can visit Airtable’s guide. You cannot edit this Airtable.

Public Record requests submitted by the public

This is a form that will collect information in a structure that duplicates from the above tables. We invite people to fill it out, provide links to data they’ve received, upload documents they’ve received (whether copies of the requests and denials, or the responsive documents themselves).

We hope this is a shared community resource. We focus on police misconduct, but feel free to enter your own focus. If you have information about the agency you are requesting from, please contribute! If you have notes and explanations, please share! And finally, feel free to make a request, and if someone has the resources, they can make the request.

Information resources on how to make requests

Muckrock, a service to help you file and appeal requests

Federal Quick And Dirty Guide, from The Freelancer by Contently

How to FOIA, from the federal government of the United States

FOIA How To, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

How to File a FOIA Request, by Public Citizen

FOIA Infographic, from Logikcull

Other important sources of policing data

Cop Accountability Project of NY Legal Aid,

Lucy Parsons Lab

National Police Accountability Project

Police Data Initiative, formerly of the White House

Mapping Police Violence, Police Shootings, Fatal Encounters, The Counted