The Dallas suburb of McKinney has apologized to Gawker for sending a $79,000 bill to comply with a public information request concerning a police officer who pointed his gun at a group of unarmed teenagers at a pool party. “The number quoted to you as a cost estimate for your records request is not accurate,” communications manager Anna Clark wrote. “We sincerely apologize for the misinformation and the ensuing confusion, and we agree that the cost of more than $79,000 is at best implausible.”
On June 8, Gawker requested copies of personnel records for former McKinney police corporal Eric Casebolt as well as incident reports and 911 call tapes regarding the pool party incident and any emails sent or received by police department employees expressing concern about Casebolt's conduct. On Monday, Gawker heard from the city's attorneys asking the website to pony up $79,229.09 for the documents. McKinney promises a revised estimate soon.