ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Cedar Rapids Police Department of Cedar Rapids, IA.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law (Code Chapter 22), 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: Cedar Rapids Police Department

Attached is the information that you requested regarding hate crimes since 2010 in Cedar Rapids.

Please note that this was not part of your original July 20, 2017 request. Today was the first day that we were in receipt of your request for hate crime data.

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Greg M. Buelow
Public Safety Communications Coordinator
City of Cedar Rapids
505 1st Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Phone: (319) 286-5163
FAX: (319) 286-5250
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