ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Burbank Police Department of Burbank, CA.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code ยงยง 6250), 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Ken Schwencke

From: Moran, Jennifer

Mr. Schwencke,

I am in receipt of your August 1, 2017 Public Records Act request in which you request documents/information regarding hate crimes reported to or investigated by the Burbank Police Department since January 1, 2010. The City will need additional time to search for, collect and examine the documents. (Please see Government Code Section 6253).

The City will provide you with a response no later than August 25, 2017.

Thank you,

Jennifer Moran
Police Records Manager
Burbank Police Department
200 N Third Street
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 238-3141
(818) 238-3149 Fax

From: Moran, Jennifer

Good Morning Mr. Schwencke,

Attached please find a data spreadsheet in response to your Public Records Act request. The spreadsheet contains hate crime data for the Burbank Police Department from January 1, 2007, through December 31, 2016. This information is reported to the Department of Justice and is made public through the Attorney General on their Open Justice Website.

Thank you,