ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Lincoln Police Department of Lincoln, NE.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 84-712), 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 https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes#hatecrime-coverage.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and 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 4 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ken Schwencke

From: Abigail F. Littrell

Mr. Schwencke,

I am processing the request below on behalf of the city of Lincoln and plan to provide a response or explanation for a delayed response by Friday, July 14, 2017. Please contact me directly with any questions or to discuss further.

Abigail F. Littrell
Assistant City Attorney
555 S. 10th Street Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 441-7263
alittrell@lincoln.ne.gov<mailto:alittrell@lincoln.ne.gov>

Subject: Nebraska Public Records Request: ProPublica: Hate crimes data

To: lpd@CJIS.LINCOLN.NE.GOV<mailto:lpd@CJIS.LINCOLN.NE.GOV>

From: Ken Schwencke

Thank you, Abigail. I appreciate your prompt response.

Ken Schwencke

From: Abigail F. Littrell

Dear Mr. Schwencke,

You will find attached an Excel spreadsheet responsive to your public records request dated July 10, 2017. The attached document is compiled from data reported by the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) to the Nebraska Crime Commission and FBI. The spreadsheet contains fields for: the date of the incident; the victim type; the offense classification; a description (not address) of the location of the incident and; the bias motivation. I have attached two additional documents which are keys for the codes in columns C through G.

The attached document does not contain incident numbers. An initial review of this data revealed that at least one matter reported on the spreadsheet was later sealed by the court. Providing a case number could link the initial incident to individuals who later had their cases sealed and it is the City of Lincoln’s position that this would be a violation of Nebraska sealing statutes. It is my hope that the data, without a case number, is sufficient for your purposes. In order to produce case numbers, staff in the city attorney’s office will have to search each incident and cross reference to determine if the case was later sealed. Any sealed cases will then need to be redacted. I estimate the total time to perform that task will be 2-3 hours and will result in a less comprehensive data set than the attached spreadsheet. Nebraska statute allows municipalities to charge public records requestors city employees’ hourly rate for time spent responding to a request which exceeds four hours.

The number of victims, race of the victims, and gender of the victims are not reported to the NE crime commission or FBI and therefore that information is not presently gathered in a central database. In order to obtain that information, LPD staff will need to pull the associated reports for each incident and review those reports to determine if the responding officers documented the victim information you requested. LPD has provided a conservative estimate that this task would take 15 minutes per incident for a total of 43.25 hours. LPD advises me the task may take as long as 25 minutes depending on the complexity of the incidents and the number of officers responding to and reporting on the incidents. LPD’s Record Manager earns $36.935 per hour. The total cost for producing the additional information is estimated to be $1,449.69 (39.25x36.935). Please let me know by July 28, 2017 if you still wish to receive the victim and/or case number information discussed above and I will advise LPD and City Law staff to begin collecting the additional data.

Please contact me directly to discuss further or with any questions.
Regards,

Abigail F. Littrell
Assistant City Attorney
555 S. 10th Street Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 441-7263
alittrell@lincoln.ne.gov<mailto:alittrell@lincoln.ne.gov>

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Abigail,

I appreciate your thoughtful response. I believe this will suffice for our purposes. Thank you so much.

Have a nice day,
Ken Schwencke

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Abigail,

I appreciate your thoughtful response. I believe this will suffice for our purposes. Thank you so much.

Have a nice day,
Ken Schwencke

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