Welcome to The Mass. Dump!

This is a newsletter all about public records in Massachusetts — it’s about the fight to keep state and local government transparent for everyone’s benefit.

I make public records requests constantly, and I’m one of the most frequent users of the commonwealth’s public records appeal process. I write about police and the so-called justice system, public records lawsuits, transparency-related election news, and more.

I publish real, substantive reporting but with no pretense of “objectivity” — I prefer to be transparent about my perspective. However, I post source documents on my website and link to them in my stories so that you can read them for yourself and make up your own mind.

I’m also building a database of all alleged acts of misconduct by Massachusetts police officers that are reported by the media.

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If you go the extra mile by becoming a Dump Devotee and spend at least $200, I will make a public records request at your suggestion. I’ll reach out to you by email to discuss what records interest you and how to best go about obtaining them. If the agency doesn’t provide a response, I will file as many appeals as it takes to get one. If the agency does respond but refuses to provide the records or blacks out important information, I will make at least two additional appeals if I believe they have a chance of success. I can’t guarantee results, but I can certainly put in the effort to fight for the release of records that are important to people who make this newsletter possible.

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Please send me tips! I will write about anywhere in the state, and I’m always looking for new things to cover. If you have a frustrating story about trying to obtain public records or a story about the police that isn’t being told, tell me about it. You can email me at aquemere0@gmail.com or send me a direct message on Twitter.

Thanks for reading!