Someone from the Pima Sheriff’s Department called me yesterday regarding my open records act request. He told me that everything had already been released and was on their site.
I said that I had seen the information they had already released, and I couldn’t find anything that discussed death threats by Jared Loughner, as the sheriff himself had discussed in his press conference. The representative told me that they had released everything they had except for certain videos and pictures that the FBI had taken for evidence. I asked where the reports of death threats were, and he said that he believed that those were contained in reports from Pima Community College, which he said he believed had been released as well.
I asked him to memorialize what he had told me in an e-mail, which follows:
Per our conversation, the 911 calls, radio logs, PCSD case reports & all informational media releases are available on our website: www.pimasheriff.org. Items that are not available are photographs, videos and any items of evidence. All evidence was seized and sealed by the FBI. Hope this helps.
Deputy Jason S. Ogan
Public Information Officer
Pima County Sheriff’s Department
(520) 351-3121 Office
The reports from Pima Community College have indeed been released and are here. A quick read-through shows one report mentioning Loughner’s having talked about “killing people” — not enough, according to the report, to justify police contact:
Is this what Sheriff Dupnik was talking about when he said: “As we understand it, there have been law enforcement contacts with the individual where he made threats to kill”?
Or are there other reports not being disclosed?
Maybe when people like Chris Matthews get the sheriff on their show for an interview, they could ask him relevant questions like that, instead of questions like “Do you think that talk radio caused this?”
Journalism instead of tabloid trash, in other words.