SLPD: White Lies or Incompetent Record Keeping?
The San Leandro Police Department, and in particular Chief Sandra Spagnoli, have never quite understood the difference between pushing propaganda and outright lying. So when Lt. Randy Brandt sent out this tweet:
Our press release today asked citizens to call in suspicious activity & multiple calls came in. No arrests yet but we are working together.
— SLPD Randy Brandt (@REBSLPD) February 20, 2014
in reference to this press release, I was suspicious. So I tweeted back:
@REBSLPD It sounds like it’s time for a CPRA request to see what San Leandro citizens consider “suspicious”. #SanLeandro
— San Leandro Talk (@SanLeandroTalk) February 20, 2014
That same night I filed a California Public Records Act request for “any records of reports of “suspicious activities,” made by citizens in person, by phone, by text or through social or another media and received by the San Leandro Police Department on February 20th, 2014.” Today, I got a reply from the City:
Dear Ms. Lacabe, The San Leandro Police Department has no records responsive to your request as described below. Your records request is now completed and closed. Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you. Vivian Chiu Deputy City Clerk
Did Lt. Randy Brandt get carried away and figured this was just a white lie? Or is the Police Department so incompetent that it does not actually keep records of the calls they get? You be the judge.