Other (indicate in message) Submitted: November 27, 2018 | Updated: December 28, 2018

Richie Lee Harbison

On 11/8/16, at 1:13 am in Hendersonville, NC on Howard Gap Road, Mr Harbison was stopped by Henderson County Sheriffs deputies for being in a motor vehicle accident, then disrobing in the street. He was naked when officers arrived, obviously unarmed, and apparently mental distressed. He was tazed, handcuffed, and arrested, He died from a heart attack, most likely caused by positional asphyxiation during the arrest. SBI Agent Oaks Case # 2016-02553 opened a criminal investigation, but none of the four deputies were charged. Mr Harbison had no criminal history, was not under the influence of intoxication substances, but he is black.

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12/28/ 18 **Editor’s Note: We have received a response to this request stating that it’s too overbroad. If the sender would like to resubmit a new, more specific request for information through our site, please do so and indicate in the subject line that it is called “Richie Lee Harbinson – Clarification Provided” – otherwise, please feel free to contact [email protected] directly. Thank you!

**Editor’s Note: Thank you for using Sunshinerequest.com and for sending along some details of your request. We’d like to ask if the sender can please clarify the request. Specifically what question or information you’d like to have submitted to Hendersonville Gov. Can you let us know what the question is or what information you’re hoping to receive back? If you’d like to clarify, please submit a new request through the form on our site and indicate in the subject that it is for this request by titling it “Clarification – Richie Lee Harbison” / Thank you!”


Update: 11/28 – Thank you to the sender for submitting a new request called “Clarification Requested – Who were the Henderson County Deputies involved? Were they disciplined in the death of Richie Lee Harbison?”

We are going to “close” that new request and have merged it with the original request called “Richie Lee Harbison“. For all updates on the request related to “Richie Harbinson”, please keep track here.

Per the sender’s clarification, the new request will now read as follows:

Subject: Who were the Henderson County Deputies involved? Were they disciplined in the death of Richie Lee Harbison?

Mesasge: On 11/8/16, at 1:13 am in Hendersonville, NC on Howard Gap Road, Mr Harbison was stopped by Henderson County Sheriffs deputies for being in a motor vehicle accident, then disrobing in the street. He was naked when officers arrived, obviously unarmed, and apparently mental distressed. He was tazed, handcuffed, and arrested, He died from a heart attack, most likely caused by positional asphyxiation during the arrest. SBI Agent Oaks Case # 2016-02553 opened a criminal investigation, but none of the four deputies were charged. Mr Harbison had no criminal history, was not under the influence of intoxication substances, but he is black.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • December 28, 2018 12:32 pm

    7 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Ronald Justice <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 28, 2018, 12:32 PM
    subject: Re: Sunshine Record Request

     

    Ronald,

     

    Thank you for your response! We do not have any additional information that may be helpful to provide, only the request as sent in through our site. We will add an editors note on this request on our site telling the sender that they can send us clarification or reach out to you directly to further this request.

     

    Thank you for your help!
    Sunshine Request

     

    **Editor’s Note: In replying to Ronald E. Justice’s new email titled “Sunshine Record Request” we are assuming that he was replying/referring to this request “Richie Lee Harbison” and have added all updates here


    Status: Completed
  • December 21, 2018 5:34 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Ronald Justice <[email protected]>
    to:[email protected]” <[email protected]>
    cc: Frank Stout <[email protected]>
    date: Dec 21, 2018, 5:34 PM
    subject: Sunshine Record Request

     

    Dear Sir or Ma’am:

     

    I am the Staff Attorney for the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. The request you made is too overbroad for me to be able to advise what we are able to produce for you. Records from Law Enforcement Agencies, and their release, are governed by North Carolina General Statutes which limit the release of certain items. For me to better assist your requestor having the requestor contact me directly may save time as well as allow me to more efficiently search for the information.

     

    Thank you for allowing me to assist you in helping the public,

     

    Ronald E. Justice
    Staff Attorney
    [email protected]
    828-694-4596

     

    **Editor’s Note: If the sender would like to resubmit a new, more specific request for information through our site, please do so and indicate in the subject line that it is called “Richie Lee Harbinson – Clarification Provided” – otherwise, please feel free to contact [email protected] directly. Thank you!


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • December 21, 2018 1:50 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected],
    [email protected]
    date: Dec 21, 2018, 1:50 PM
    subject: Records Request: Who were the Henderson County Deputies involved? Were they disciplined in the death of Richie Lee Harbison?

     

    Hello Hendersonville County Sheriff’s Office,

     

    I work for a website called Sunshine Request www.sunshinerequest.com. We built a site that makes it easier to make public records requests by filling out a simple form, and the results of any requests are posted on our site. This allows citizens to learn more about our local government, while saving staff from having to fulfill duplicate requests. If you have any questions about the project, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to answer.

     

    We received a request for information that may be available in your office. If there’s another party that we should be contacting about this request then please let us know.

     

    Here are the details sent by the requester:

     

    Subject: Who were the Henderson County Deputies involved? Were they disciplined in the death of Richie Lee Harbison?

     

    Message:

     

    “On 11/8/16, at 1:13 am in Hendersonville, NC on Howard Gap Road, Mr Harbison was stopped by Henderson County Sheriffs deputies for being in a motor vehicle accident, then disrobing in the street. He was naked when officers arrived, obviously unarmed, and apparently mental distressed. He was tazed, handcuffed, and arrested, He died from a heart attack, most likely caused by positional asphyxiation during the arrest. SBI Agent Oaks Case # 2016-02553 opened a criminal investigation, but none of the four deputies were charged. Mr Harbison had no criminal history, was not under the influence of intoxication substances, but he is black.”

     

    Editor’s Note: The requester has specified the date range on this request to be from November 8th, 2016 to November 27th, 2018.

     

    Thank you for your help.
    Have a great evening!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • December 14, 2018 3:41 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: PIO <[email protected]>,
    [email protected]
    date: Dec 14, 2018, 3:41 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: Clarification Requested – Who were the Henderson County Deputies involved? Were they disciplined in the death of Richie Lee Harbison?

     

    Hello Henderson County Sheriff’s Department,

     

    Hope you’ve been well! We are looking to complete this request on our site and were just wondering if it was still being processed on your end and when you anticipated it to be finished? Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist.

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Follow up
  • November 30, 2018 4:32 pm

    8 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected],
    PIO <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 30, 2018, 4:32 PM
    subject: Records Request: Who were the Henderson County Deputies involved? Were they disciplined in the death of Richie Lee Harbison?

     

    Hello Hendersonville Police Department,

     

    I work for a website called Sunshine Request www.sunshinerequest.com. We built a site that makes it easier to make public records requests by filling out a simple form, and the results of any requests are posted on our site. This allows citizens to learn more about our local government, while saving staff from having to fulfill duplicate requests. If you have any questions about the project, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to answer.

     

    We recently received a request for information that may be available in your office. If there’s another party that we should be contacting about this request then please let us know.

     

    Here are the details sent by the requester:

     

    Subject: Who were the Henderson County Deputies involved? Were they disciplined in the death of Richie Lee Harbison?

     

    Message:

     

    “On 11/8/16, at 1:13 am in Hendersonville, NC on Howard Gap Road, Mr Harbison was stopped by Henderson County Sheriffs deputies for being in a motor vehicle accident, then disrobing in the street. He was naked when officers arrived, obviously unarmed, and apparently mental distressed. He was tazed, handcuffed, and arrested, He died from a heart attack, most likely caused by positional asphyxiation during the arrest. SBI Agent Oaks Case # 2016-02553 opened a criminal investigation, but none of the four deputies were charged. Mr Harbison had no criminal history, was not under the influence of intoxication substances, but he is black.”

     

    Editor’s Note: The requester has specified the date range on this request to be from November 8th, 2016 to November 27th, 2018.

     

    Thank you for your help.
    Have a great evening!

     

    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • November 27, 2018 9:47 pm

    8 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending