Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Stonewall Continues

Sorry for the slow pace today but yours truly has been under the weather.  The city of Jackson continues to delay responding to yet more public records requests submitted by this website. 

JJ submitted a public records request on January 22 for a roster of all JPD employees on January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019.  Public Records law states the government has to provide the records within 7 business days or else provide a reason for the delay in writing.  The clerk's office responded as it was supposed to do on January 31:

I'm writing asking for more time to complete your request that is due on tomorrow. 
The Department of Personnel Management doesn't have the capability to create a report of what is being requested, however a request has been sent to Information Systems to obtain that report.  As soon as it's received, it will be uploaded for release by the Office of the City Clerk.
The 14-day deadline came and went yet there no records were provided.  

The city sent this response on February 13:
As it relates to your request, we have notified Information Systems to provide a report for Personnel to upload.  However, our system (data base)is completely down as of yesterday and is said to be "down" until  sometime tomorrow. We need more time to fulfill your request. Thank you.

So here we are, more than a month later, and we are still waiting on two rosters.  JJ submitted a request for a roster back in November and it was provided within a few days.  What changed?

However, the public records request rambunctiousness continues at City Hall.  JJ submitted a public records request for most recent Comstat reports on February 8.  JPD switched from using Comstat to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) earlier this month.  However, JPD somehow couldn't get around to supplying the requested report and sent a reply on February 25:

n regards to the Public Records Request received on 2/8/2019 requesting Police Records records are now at a status of "Time Extension."

 Don't worry, Mr. Mayor, JJ isn't going to waste its time on filing complaints with the Ethics Commission.  JJ will instead just go to court, especially since there is Mississippi Supreme Court precedent directly on point.  You'll even have the pleasure of paying attorney's fees. 

Of course, such delays beg the question, why is the city taking so long to provide records about police rosters and crime statistics?



Anonymous said...

There are two types of people that never get in a hurry:

1) Defendants

2) Deadbeats

Looks like you're dealing with both.

Anonymous said...

Pure incompetence. No one knows how to operate a computer.

How Radical.

What He Be Up To? said...

None of the above. They've assembled a committee of three to meet to try to figure out what you intend to do with the information. Then they will scramble accordingly. Or not.

Anonymous said...

@ 11:32
You left out government employees in general. They are in no hurry.

Cynical Sam said...

3. Products of JPS.
4. Employment there is welfare with honor.

Cynical Sam said...

5. Stonewall Jackson

Anonymous said...

Stonewall Jackson for the win.

Anonymous said...

Guess it's time to sue, they've held you up long enough. Now they think you answer to them!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your hard work.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for doing this and please do not let up. We have a right to know and they need to be held accountable for not complying with the law. Those crime stats must be terrible, even for Jackson standards.

Cynical Sam said...

KF - Bravo Zulu! Stay the course.

7:56 AM - nomination accepted. :)

Anonymous said...

Can you make the Mayor pay the damages/legal fees personally?

Anonymous said...

Stonewall Jackson

Anonymous said...

This is clearly part of a global conspiracy by the ruling establishment to keep the public in the dark. Way to fight the machine KF!

Anonymous said...

I want the Radical Lumanda mayor to pay the $100 damages out of his pocket.

Anonymous said...

Hope you are feeling better Kingfish!

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