ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Fort Worth Police Department of Fort Worth, TX.
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OR2017-23895

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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, 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ken Schwencke

From: Fort Worth Open Records Center

Dear Ken Schwencke:
Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of Fort Worth, Texas. Your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act. Your request was received in this office and given the log number W064030-080117 for tracking purposes.

You indicated the records you requested fall under this category: Police Records
Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question. PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.
You can monitor the progress of your request at the link below and you'll receive an email when your request has been completed. Again, thank you for using the Open Records Center. If you have questions about how your request was processed or if I can be of further assistance, please contact me at (817) 392-8184.
Annette Henderson
Public Information Coordinator
Click here to track the status of your request. (http://fortworthtexas.gov/records/view/)

From: Fort Worth Open Records Center

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Dear Mr. Schwencke,
Please find attached the cost estimate letter associated with your public information request.   Please select the option you would like us to proceed with, sign and return it to us so that we may continue processing your request.

If you would like to narrow or, have a discussion of narrowing of scope, to reduce the charges associated with processing your request, please let me know.

Thank you,
Annette Henderson Public Information Coordinator, City of Fort Worth Records and Information Management Office Phone: (817) 392-8184 Publicinformation@fortworthtexas.gov City of Fort Worth – Working together to build a strong community.

From: Seabourn, Justin

Good Morning,
I have attached the spreadsheet of information you requested. I have redacted child abuse records.

Sergeant Justin Seabourn 3468
Internal Affairs-Legal Liaison Unit
Fort Worth Police Department
505 W Felix St
Office: 817 392 4272

From: Ken Schwencke

Sergeant Seabourn,

Thank you so much, this is exactly what we needed. Out of curiosity: Do you know about how much it would cost to pull the actual police reports for the offenses in 2016 and 2017 only?

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

From: Seabourn, Justin

Good Afternoon,
There are 38 reports for 2016-2017, so that would cost $19. Would you like to narrow the scope of your request to just 2016-2017?

From: Ken Schwencke

Sergeant Seabourn,

Yes, I'd like copies of the individual 2016-17 bias crime police reports.

Appreciate all your help,
Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Seabourn, Justin

Thank you. I will send you an invoice when I’ve finished the work.

From: Seabourn, Justin

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08/07/2017

Ken Schwencke

,

RE: Public Information Request W064030-080117

Dear Ken Schwencke,

This letter responds to your request for information to the City of Fort Worth, dated and received in our office on 8/1/2017 10:50:54 AM.

Information Requested: Police Records - *see original request attached* 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.

The City of Fort Worth has reviewed its files and has located the documents that are responsive to your request. Please return the attached invoice with payment by check or money order to the address at the bottom of the invoice. I will release the records to you upon payment.

Sergeant Justin Seabourn 3468
Internal Affairs-Legal Liaison Unit
Fort Worth Police Department
505 W Felix St
Office: 817 392 4272

From: Ken Schwencke

Sergeant Seabourn,

A check should be on its way soon. Thanks so much.

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

From: MuckRock.com


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $28.50 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Seabourn, Justin

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08/13/2017

Ken Schwencke

,

RE: Public Information Request W064030-080117

Dear Ken Schwencke,

This letter responds to your request for information to the City of Fort Worth, dated and received in our office on 8/1/2017 10:50:54 AM.

Information Requested: Police Records - *see original request attached* 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.
The City of Fort Worth has reviewed its files and has located the enclosed documents that are responsive to your request, after receiving your payment of $28.50. The City has redacted dates of birth in accordance with a previous determination granted to the City by the Attorney General in OR2016-00620. The City has redacted FBI numbers in accordance with a previous determination granted to the City by the Attorney General in OR2013-22304. The City has redacted the social security number of a living person in accordance with Government Code 552.147. The City has redacted motor vehicle records in accordance with Government Code 552.130. A portion of the records you requested were submitted to the City of Fort Worth Law Department for review prior to release.

Sergeant Justin Seabourn 3468
Internal Affairs-Legal Liaison Unit
Fort Worth Police Department
505 W Felix St
Office: 817 392 4272

From: Salinas, Veronica

Dear Mr. Schwencke,

Attached please find correspondence regarding your open records request referenced above.

Kind regards,
Veronica Salinas
Legal Assistant for Jessica Sangsvang,
Christopher Austria and Lynn Winter
City Attorney's Office
200 Texas Street, 3rd Floor
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
817-392-7515
817-392-8359 fax
veronica.salinas@fortworthtexas.gov<mailto:veronica.salinas@fortworthtexas.gov>
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From: Fort Worth Police Department

A first set of responsive documents from the agency, with more to be sent at a specified date.

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