ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Iowa City Police Department of Iowa City, IA.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law (Code Chapter 22), 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: City of Iowa City

Ken Schwencke,

Your request for information has been received by the City Clerk's Office of the City of Iowa City, and will be provided promptly unless the size or nature of the request makes prompt access infeasible. Absent unusual circumstances, access shall be provided within five (5) working days from the date the request is received by the Custodian. If the size or nature of the request for access to a record requires time for compliance, the Custodian shall comply with the request as soon as feasible and will promptly give notice to the requestor of the reason for any delay, and an estimate of the length of time of the delay.

Please do not respond directly to this email. It was generated by an automated system and is not monitored for replies.

From: Jenn Dahm

Mr. Schwencke,

I have received your request and will respond in a timely manner.

Jenn Dahm

Administrative Coordinator
Iowa City Police Department

From: Ken Schwencke

Thank you! Look forward to it.

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

From: Jenn Dahm


The information you requested is attached. Have a great day!