Request #19-6258

Need to see all LAPD crime scene photos held in City Archives per this article:


which says there are:


 countless boxes tightly packed with everyday dimestore #10 white letter envelopes, sealed and cut in half to make a convenient open-ended pouch, each containing the forensic negatives for a single case. On most of the envelopes is a hand-written "Division of Report", or DR, number. The DR number uniquely identifies each case and often appears hand-written directly on the negatives. The name or initials of the photographer can also be seen on many of the negatives.

The earliest photographs in the collection date to 1925. The film used was large-format (4"x5") cellulose nitrate until sometime in the early forties when it was replaced with safety film. In the early sixties, the size changed to medium-format (2-1/4"x2-1/4") which was used until the mid-seventies when it was, in turn, replaced with 35mm.





October 28, 2019 via web


Police Department (LAPD)





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LAPD Analyst Charles N3774

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November 5, 2019, 2:25pm
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Dear Requester:


We reviewed your request for crime scene photos.


Your request was made under the California Public Records Act (the Act). The Department is cognizant of its responsibilities under the Act. It recognizes the statutory scheme was enacted to maximize citizen access to the workings of government. The Act does not mandate disclosure of all documents within the government’s possession. Rather, by specific exemption and reference to other statutes, the Act recognizes that there are boundaries where the public’s right to access must be balanced against such weighty considerations as the right of privacy, a right of constitutional dimension under California Constitution, Article 1, Section 1. The law also exempts from disclosure records that are privileged or confidential or otherwise exempt under either express provisions of the Act or pursuant to applicable federal or state law, per California Government Code Sections 6254(b); 6254(c); 6254(f); 6254(k); and 6255.


In accordance with Section 6254(f) of the California Government Code, records of investigations conducted by, or investigatory files compiled by, any local police agency for law enforcement purposes, are exempt from disclosure. The records you seek, including crime scene photos, are investigative records or properly part of an investigatory file; therefore, we are denying your request. Should any records be located, they may be available in response to a subpoena or court order.


If you have any questions, please respond to this email.




LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit

November 5, 2019, 2:24pm
Department Assignment Public
Police Department (LAPD)
October 28, 2019, 4:05pm
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October 28, 2019, 4:05pm