ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Hartford Police Department of Hartford, CT.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Connecticut 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

I also request that, if possible and pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. ยง 1-212(d), fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest and not made for commercial gain. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of the news media/press.

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 4 business days, as the statute requires.


Ken Schwencke

From: Rahman, Safia

Re: Freedom Information Request dated July 14, 2017
Dear Mr. Schwencke,
The Hartford Police Department is in receipt of your Freedom of Information request dated July 14, 2017.

The Hartford Police Department will make a concerted effort to provide said records within a reasonable time frame, but all requests are processed in the order that they are received, currently there are forty three (43) requests ahead of yours. Once we have identified the documents you requested, to the extent they exist, you will be notified.

Please be advised, that under the Freedom of Information laws of the State of Connecticut, the City of Hartford is not obligated to create a document that does not exist. This includes putting a document into electronic format when it exists only in hardcopy form.


Detective Safia Rahman
FOIA Compliance Officer
253 High Street
Hartford, CT 06103

From: Rahman, Safia

Re: Freedom of Information Requests dated August 1, 2017
Dear Mr. Schwencke,

Please find enclosed the one (01) page document responsive records to your August 1st, 2017, request for any database or records of hate crimes, evidence bias of race, color ancestry, ethnicity, religion gender identity investigated by your agency since January 1, 2010.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Detective Safia Rahman, FOIA Liaison at 860-757-4339.


Detective Safia Rahman
FOIA Liaison
253 High Street
Hartford, CT 06103

From: Ken Schwencke

Thank you, Detective Rahman. I really appreciate it.

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