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ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office of Cumberland County, ME.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act ("FOAA"), 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 https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes#hatecrime-coverage.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by 1 M.R.S.A. ยง 408(6). The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Ken Schwencke

From: Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Ken Schwencke

Sorry for the automated follow-up the other day. We've just sent off a $22 check. Look forward to getting copies of the records.

Ken Schwencke
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $22.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Lauren Hrubowchak

Dear Ken,

Please see the attached Freedom of Access Act response sent to the address
MuckRock DEPT MR 39794 411A Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144 on August
15, 2017.

Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.


Lauren Hrubowchak
FOAA Investigations Clerk
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
36 County Way
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-1444 ext. 2249


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From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Lauren,

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

Ken Schwencke