ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Austin Police Department of Austin, TX.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any database or other records of hate crimes or crimes evidencing bias of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or disability reported to or investigated by your agency since Jan. 1, 2010, containing at least the following fields:

the incident number
date of the incident
whether the crime was against individuals or a business / property
number of victims
race or ethnicity of the victims
gender of the victims
the offense classification
the location of the incident
the bias motivation (anti-black, anti-muslim, etc)

I would like the records in a machine-readable, electronic format if possible. If the records are kept in another format, or kept individually, I would still like copies.

This request is made as part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at

This request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Ken Schwencke

From: APD Records Management


Thank you for your email and if this is an Open Records Request, please be advised that the Police Department's - Public Information Office receives several requests for information weekly. PIO processes these requests in the order received, and strives to respond to each request promptly, as required by law.

Thank you for your understanding,

[APD badge with padding and line2]David Daniels #2173
Public Information Sergeant
Austin Police Department


Please see attached responsive information.

We only keep records of Hate Crimes which meet Federal Guidelines. Those are forwarded to the FBI. (Note: The FBI website contains downloadable Excel data with much of this data included.)

Our records Department pulled what is currently in our database. Please note: This might not match what is at the FBI due to investigative updates.

I will be closing this request.

[APD badge with padding and line2]SPO Destiny Winston #6102
Austin Police Department

From: Ken Schwencke


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Ken Schwencke