A Gerund or Participial Phrase?

The state’s ACLU branch reached out to the Massachusetts State Police requesting records regarding the acquisition and use of robotics.

Should there be a comma before “requesting” ?
Is the “requesting” phrase a gerund or participial ?
What does it modify ?


Comma, so it’s clear it’s ACLU not the police doing the requesting. I’d say requesting is a participle modifying “branch”.

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