ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Dearborn Police Department of Dearborn, MI.
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From: Ken Schwencke


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 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.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ken Schwencke

From: Wade III, James

Good Morning,

To whom is it may concern please see the attached documents in regard to your FOIA request which was submitted to our Department.

Respectfully,

Cpl. James Wade
Dearborn Police Department
Assistant FOIA Coordinator
16099 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313)943-2230 – General

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication with its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.

From: Ken Schwencke

Cpl. Wade,

Is there a way you could check again? I note that the Dearborn Police Department has reported at least 59 hate crimes to the FBI in the period between 2010-2015. Surely those records are kept or indexed somewhere. If there's a slight modification of my request required, I'd be happy to talk with you more about it.

Thanks so much,
Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Wade III, James

Mr. Schwencke,

Please direct any further questions regarding this request to our legal department. I have attached there contact information.

City of Dearborn, Department of Law

16901 Michigan Ave., Ste. 14

Dearborn, MI 48126

(313) 943-2035

Respectfully,

Cpl. James Wade
Dearborn Police Department
Assistant FOIA Coordinator
16099 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313)943-2046 – Desk
(313)943-2230 – General

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication with its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.

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