ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Knoxville Police Department of Knoxville, TN.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Tennessee's Public Records 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

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.


Ken Schwencke

From: Ronald Mills

Mr. Schwencke-

Please be advised that because of questions regarding the validity of requests for information under the Tennessee public records laws from request fulfillment services, particularly those located outside the State of Tennessee, the City of Knoxville does not provide copies of public records through such entities, including Should you wish to submit a request to inspect or copy public records directly to the City of Knoxville, you may do so through the City department holding the requested records or through the City's Department of Communications, either in person, by phone, by letter or by e-mail, using the form provided at this link: Pursuant to state law, requestors are expected to provide proof of Tennessee citizenship at the time of the request.
Ronald E. Mills
Deputy Law Director
City of Knoxville
400 Main Street Suite 699
P.O. Box 1631
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865) 215-2050 phone
(865) 215-2643 fax<>