ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office of Fort Bend County, TX.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, 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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Ken Schwencke

From: Grove, Matthew

In response to your request for hate crime reporting information, the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office provided the attached records responsive to your request. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions related to this communication.

Matt Grove
Assistant County Attorney - General Counsel
401 Jackson Street
Richmond, Texas 77469
Telephone No. 281-341-4555
Fax No. 281-341-4557<>

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Matt,

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

Ken Schwencke