ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Laredo Police Department of Laredo, TX.
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From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Ken Schwencke

From: Laredo Open Records Center

Dear Ken Schwencke,
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August 3, 2017 VIA EMAIL
Ken Schwencke
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 40945
411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144-2516
RE: Request for Information W007977-080217
Dear Ken Schwencke:
On 8/2/2017 the City of Laredo received your request for Police and 911 records.
The City of Laredo strictly adheres to the provisions of the Texas Public Information Act, Texas Government Code Ch. 552 (formerly, Open Records Act), and the interpretative opinions of the Texas Attorney General and the courts. The information you have requested does not exist in document form. The Texas Public Information Act does not require the City to produce documents that are not in existence. You are welcome to submit another request. You may also contact me with any questions at (956) 795-2886.

Lt. Ricardo Gonzalez Laredo Police Department
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