Judicial Watch is a national group known for filing federal Freedom of Information requests. It also takes on FOIA projects at the local level, including an ongoing project about how municipal police departments do (or don’t) cooperate with federal immigration officials.
As Judicial Watch details here, it asked for relevant documents from the Washington, DC police force in August 2006. The police force did not cooperate by providing the documents, so Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in early March 2007.
Shortly thereafter, the DC police force provided the documents that had been requested eight months earlier.
I’m always concerned that stories like this will deter regular citizens who don’t have a big legal budget to back them up from filing open records requests. The process sounds daunting, does it not?