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The Detroit Police Rent Fail

According to a lawsuit, the Detroit Police Department violated the Freedom of Information Act nine times in the past year as a result of not paying rent. You see, they had their records from prior to 2004 stored with a company called Iron Mountain but when the PD stopped paying rent, they could not get access to the records. In response to a request of information for a 1999 homicide, they had to send this pretty embarrassing (not to mention illegal) notice:“The record pertains to a homicide which occurred prior to 2004 and, if the record exists, would be archived at an outside vendor’s storage facility. Due to non-payment of storage fees, the city is unable to retrieve any records from the vendor.” The lawsuit says that similar written response were sent for eight other homicide cases going back to 1992. [AnnArbor.com]