|Submitted||Aug. 4, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to North Carolina Public Records Law (G.S. §§ 132-1 through 132-10), I hereby request the following documents:
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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.
DEPT MR 41359
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Dear Mr. Schwencke:
The Gastonia Police Department received your August 4, 2017 request for public information under North Carolina law in regards to 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 our agency since Jan. 1, 2010.
Please note that records of criminal investigations are not public records pursuant to N.C.G.S. 132-1.4. The public information that is available for 19 reports that have been identified as responsive to your request can be reviewed on our website at GastoniaPD.org under the Retrieve a Crime Report section. The report numbers are as follows:
Gastonia Police Department
Office of Public Information
A. 200 E. Long Ave., Gastonia, NC 28052
P. (704) 854-6665
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Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.