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Default Fun with DPS Public Records Requests

Camera Fraud Article: Fun with DPS Public Records Requests

Getting an eyeful

Your Taxpayer Dollars at Work, being used to monitor political opposition.

It’s no secret that CameraFRAUD demonstrations have been closely monitored by Redflex’s enforcement arm, also known as the Arizona Department of Public Safety. More specifically, I’ve always felt a little insulted that the DPS would take three officers off the streets during rush hour traffic and reassign them to conduct blatant surveillance on a peaceful protest.

As such, I wanted to know what information they were looking to gather from their surveillance , so I asked. I submitted a polite letter, cited the right statutes, and a means to contact me. Just to make it official, I sent it via certified mail. Behold, DPS’ response…

That’s it? Forgive me if I’m a little skeptical. Am I to believe that DPS sent three cops to watch a protest, through binoculars, during a state-wide budget crunch, and there’s no paper on this?

I received this response from DPS in a very timely manner. The request was dropped in the mail on May 26th, received by DPS on May 27th. And in the space of two days, they fire off a response? This, despite the fact that DPS’ website specifically states to expect a 15 to 20  day wait for requests to be processed.

DPS’ Public Records Unit is either really on the ball, or the request was just rubber-stamped with a generic, ’stop asking questions and leave us alone’ response. See more of DPS’ surveillance pics here.

Editor’s Note: Perhaps the time for a follow-up letter is in order. They acknowledge being at the event, so the question now becomes “who gave the order to surveil such an event, and what was the motivation for such an order?”

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