ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Columbus Division of Police of Columbus, OH.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, 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, including where available, but not limited to:

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Ken Schwencke

From: Bowling, Kathryn

Mr. Schwencke,

Attached is an excel spreadsheet with the data that you requested. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this request. Thank you.


Kathy Bowling
Management Analyst I
Columbus Division of Police
120 Marconi Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 645-4896 desk

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Kathy,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it. It looks like exactly what we want. Will absolutely let you know if I have questions.

Thanks again!
Ken Schwencke