We use these all of the time. This will get you almost the same results as a subpoena, just without all the red tape. If all you need is the information and not the “teeth” of the subpoena, use this.
VIA FIRST CLASS MAIL
RE: Missouri Sunshine Law (Freedom of Information Act) Request
Reason for Request: [state your reason]
Date and Time of Incident: ##/##/#### at 00:00 a.m./p.m.
Our Client: [Client’s Name]
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a formal request for information under the Missouri Sunshine Law (Missouri’s Freedom of Information Act), RSMo §§ 610.010-610.028, RSMo 2000 and Supp. 2006.
Please note that our law firm represents [Client’s Name] for injuries sustained in an incident on ##/##/#### in [Name of County].
We are requesting a copy of the video footage and related audio as well as any related documents or records within your control regarding the incident on or about the above-referenced date and time.
I understand that the Missouri Sunshine Law permits a public body to charge a reasonable copying fee for reproducing any records. As such, please supply our office with an invoice for the associated copying fees and we will send a check for the necessary amount to you right away.
If any portion of this request is denied, please cite the specific exemption(s) that you believe allows for the denial and inform us of the appeal procedures available to us under the law. Also, please provide us with the name, title and address of the person to whom the appeal should be sent.
If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to this request, please contact the undersigned. I look forward to hearing from you.