Topic: Civil Rights

FOIA to DC Mayor’s Office Regarding Federal Response to DC Protests

June 8, 2020
FOIA to the Mayor's Office of the District of Columbia asking for communications with the White House, National Park Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

News Roundup: Trump and Barr Unleash Attack on Protesters — and the Constitution

June 5, 2020
The irony of protests against police brutality being met with violent escalation by law enforcement is perhaps matched only by the authoritarianism of the president and attorney general. 
(Photo: Ted Eytan)

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Regarding Screening Federal Agents for Coronavirus Prior to Deployment Against Police Brutality Protests

June 5, 2020
FOIA to the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Bureau of Prisons, the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Secret Service seeking all records reflecting any screening or testing for coronavirus infection of federal agents responding to police brutality protests.

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Records Related to the Federal Response to Protests Led by Attorney General Barr

June 4, 2020
FOIA to the Department of Justice seeking orders and directives of Attorney General Barr issued in the course of leading the federal response to protests following the death of George Floyd, as well as other records related to the federal response led by Attorney General Barr.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Records Regarding the Use of Low-Flying Helicopters Against Protesters

June 3, 2020
FOIA to the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. National Guard seeking records regarding the decision to employ low-flying helicopters, including one bearing Red Cross markings, to intimidate and disperse peaceful protesters in downtown Washington, D.C.

FOIA to FAA Seeking Records Regarding the Authorization for Low-Flying Maneuvers in Washington, D.C.

June 3, 2020
FOIA to the Federal Aviation Administration seeking records regarding authorization for the U.S. military to employ military helicopters against protesters in Washington, D.C., including through the use of low-flying maneuvers in between city buildings.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Order to Use Force on Protesters in Lafayette Park in Advance of Presidential Photo-Op

June 2, 2020
FOIA to National Park Service, Secret Service, National Guard, and Department of Defense seeking records reflecting the order or directive to use force on protesters gathered in Lafayette Park in advance of the president’s photo-op in front of St. John’s Church.

Tips for Filing Public Records Requests in Your State or City

June 1, 2020
As many cities have seen law enforcement respond to protests with increasing violence, American Oversight has compiled a list of strategies to help journalists, activists, and others use public records requests to hold government accountable.

FOIA to SBA Seeking Communications Regarding Planned Parenthood

June 1, 2020
FOIA to Small Business Administration seeking communications regarding Planned Parenthood.

News Roundup: A Somber Week After Memorial Day

May 29, 2020
As states across the country enter various phases of “reopening,” sobering news about the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to emerge.