Monday, January 31, 2011

City of Tacoma Demands Return of PDR 10-2798 "The Towery Dossier"

On 28 January 2011, the City of Tacoma Deputy Legal Advisor and Tacoma Police Dept Attorney demanded the return of the documents released by the City of Tacoma in response to PDR 1-2798. Below is a copy of the demand email and the response by Tim Smith, Chairperson of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee - Tacoma

From: xxxxxxxxx

Subject: RE: PDR 10-2798
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:09:58 +0000


I will only surrender the documents when presented with an order served directly by a US court having jurisdiction.

I have passed this request to my legal representative and I would direct that all future communications regarding
this be sent to him as well.

His address and contact information follow.

Attorney Devin Theriot-Orr
1000 Second Avenue • Suite 1600 •
Seattle, WA 98104 • Phone (206) 682-1080 or (206) 708-8740

Respectfully yours,

Timothy Smith
Chairperson, Bill of Rights Defense Committee - Tacoma

"Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil and injustice." Thomas Mann 1875-1955

"If... while there is yet time,
we turn to Justice and obey her,
the dangers that now threaten must disappear,
the forces that now menace will turn to agencies of elevation.
Think of the powers now wasted; of the infinite fields of knowledge yet to be explored;
of the possibilities of which the wondrous inventions of this century give us but a hint.
With want destroyed, with greed changed to noble passions, with the fraternity that is born of equality
taking the place of jealousy and fear that now men array against each other, with mental power loosened
by conditions which give to the humblest comfort and leisure; who shall measure the heights to which our civilization may soar? " Henry George 1839-1897


To: xxxxxxxx

Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 11:13:19 -0800
Subject: PDR 10-2798

Mr. Smith-

You recently received a response to your public records request requesting records related to a Mr. John Towery. After the release was made it was determined that further redactions should have been made to the records you received. More specifically, the information you received contained non-conviction data that was not identified as such at the time of the original release. It was subsequently determined to be non-conviction data that should have been redacted. I am asking for your assistance to ensure that you have a properly redacted set of documents. The Clerk’s office will contact you when a newly redacted version of your previous request will be available. I anticipate the new set will be available very soon. I also ask that you return the previously provided documents to the Clerk’s office to prevent any further dissemination.

I thank you for your assistance.


Michael J. Smith

Deputy City Attorney

Police Legal Advisor
3701 S. Pine St.

Tacoma, WA 98409


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