By Margaret Wright
— It was an anxious wait for a response to the public records request Compass Editor In Chief Marisa Demarco submitted to the Albuquerque Police Department. Because she’d asked for the audio and video recordings associated with every fatal, officer-involved shooting since 2010, we were prepared to fork over fees for an overwhelming amount of information.
We weren’t however, prepared for sticker shock.
Demarco’s original letter asked that we be notified if the cost of complying with our request exceeded $100. That’s not just standard language for Inspection of Public Records Act requests. Knowing ahead of time what expenses we’re incurring is a financial imperative for our startup, shoestring-budgeted nonprofit.
Yet when APD Records Custodian/IPRA Manager Reynaldo Chavez emailed Demarco to notify that her request had been fulfilled, the attached invoice totaled a lot more than $100. It turns out APD charged us four times the amount the…