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PR 19-10 Urban v. Cranston Police Department - Violation Found

The Complainant alleged that the Police Department violated the APRA when it failed to respond to her September 18, 2018 APRA request. The Police Department represented that it inadvertently failed to request an extension pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-3(e) and conceded that it failed to respond to the APRA request within ten (10) business days. Based on the undisputed evidence, we found that the Department violated the APRA when it failed to respond to the Complainant's APRA request within ten (10) business days. R.I. Gen. Laws 38-2-7. We did not find injunctive relief appropriate because shortly after the Complaint was filed, the Police Department responded to the Complainant's request without assessing any fees. Additionally, we did not find sufficient evidence of a willful and knowing, or reckless, violation. VIOLATION FOUND

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