ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Kern County Sheriff's Office of Kern County, CA.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code ยงยง 6250), 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

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Ken Schwencke


Mr. Schwenche,

In response to your emailed California Public Records Act request, dated July 31, 2017, I have attached a spreadsheet with reports of hate crimes from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present as provided by the Crime Statistics Analysis Unit.


Michael J. Mahoney

Civil Litigation Coordinator

Kern County Sheriff's Office


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From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Michael,

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

Ken Schwencke