from: Sunshine Request <email@example.com>
to: Aaron Sarver <Aaron.Sarver@buncombecounty.org>
cc: “Kassi L. Day” <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
“Michael C. Frue” <Michael.Frue@buncombecounty.org>,
“Cogburn, Steven D.” <email@example.com>,
“Williams, Todd M.” <Todd.firstname.lastname@example.org>
date: Jan 25, 2019, 3:56 PM
subject: Fwd: [Public Records Request] Records Request: The Sparc Foundation Focused Deterrence Initiative
Hi Bunc. Co. Gov., Bunc. Co. Sheriff’s Office, and Bunc. Co. DA’s Office,
Checking again to ask if you can please confirm whether you’ve received this request from 12/21/18 and if it’s being processed.
Subject: “The Sparc Foundation Focused Deterrence Initiative”
Per our 01/15/19 discussion on the email thread for a request called “Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office”, Sunshine will be sending any Sheriff’s Office related requests to you as the point of contact from hereon. You’ll notice that we’re continuing to state this in all our emails to you recently – This is just meant to indicate to our site users why you’re now being included in our follow ups.
Thank you for your help!
———- Forwarded message ———
From: Sunshine Request <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: [Public Records Request] Records Request: The Sparc Foundation Focused Deterrence Initiative
To: Terry White <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Kassi L. Day <email@example.com>, Michael C. Frue <Michael.Frue@buncombecounty.org>, Quentin Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Randy Sorrells <Randall.Sorrells@buncombecounty.org>, Williams, Todd M. <Todd.email@example.com>, Cogburn, Steven D. <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Terry White <email@example.com>
Thank you for confirming receipt of this request! We appreciate your help.
Hi Buncombe County Government, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department, Buncombe County DAs Office,
Just want to check in and ask whether you can confirm receipt of the request and let us know whether it’s being processed. Thank you for your help.
Have a great day!
On Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 2:30 PM Terry White <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Dear Sunshine Request:
i have received your request and will forward it to the appropriate record custodian(s) for processing. Once processing is complete, I will forward any responsive records to you. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions.
On Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 2:15 PM Sunshine Request <email@example.com> wrote:
Hi Buncombe County Government, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department, Buncombe County DAs Office, and City of Asheville Government,
We received a request for info via www.sunshinerequest.com that may be available in your office(s). If there’s another entity that should be contacted let us know.
Here are the details:
Subject: The Sparc Foundation Focused Deterrence Initiative
Message: “The Sparc Foundation of Asheville, NC receives funding from Asheville City, Buncombe County, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, and Asheville Police Department per their website. In my opinion there appears to be a disproportionate number of African American young men being placed into this call-in, also referred to as the Violent Crime Initiative. I am asking for the demographic breakdown of the Focused Deterrent Program of this agency, because the Sparc Network receives the above mentioned County and City funding. Since, the violent crime initiative call-in is held in a public forum, that being the Buncombe County Courthouse, I am requesting names of “offenders” and the name of the Asheville Police Officer, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Deputy or State probation Officer who placed the “offender” on the list as well. All call-ins take place in the public Buncombe County Courthouse. There needs to be an inquiry into potential discrimination and violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Note Buncombe County is only 6.4% African American, per cenus.gov.”
**Editor’s Note: The requester has included a timeline for this request from January 1st, 2008 to December 19th, 2018
Thank you for your assistance.
Have a good day!
Please note that the City of Asheville’s offices will be closed December 24, 25 and 26. Responses to public record requests may take longer than usual due to the winter holidays.
Teresa (Terry) White
Public Records Officer
City of Asheville
P.O Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802