ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Little Rock Police Department of Little Rock, AR.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Ryan Agnew

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), Ark. Code Ann. § § 25-19-101 to 25-19-109, 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.

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ryan Agnew

From: Prater, Jonathan

Good Afternoon

Unfortunately, The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act only allows me to fulfill requests from Arkansas Citizens under statute 3.02.

Sgt. Jonathan Prater
Administrative Division - FOIA Unit
501-371-4678

From: MuckRock

Hi there,

This is an updated version of this request, amended to reflect the residence of the requester.

Thank you.
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To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), Ark. Code Ann. § § 25-19-101 to 25-19-109, 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.

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.

Please note that I am a citizen of Arkansas, and am using MuckRock's services to help manage and track my request.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ryan Agnew

From: Prater, Jonathan

In order to confirm your residency I am going to need you to provide your address as proof of your citizenship. Thanks

Sgt. Jonathan Prater
Administrative Division – FOIA Unit
501-371-4678

From: Prater, Jonathan

Good Morning

I have attached what our statistician was able to pull regarding your request. He was only able to pull information since 2015 and many of the fields you requested are not present.

Sgt. Jonathan Prater
Administrative Division - FOIA Unit
501-371-4678

From: Ken Schwencke

Sgt. Prater,

Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate it. Can I ask why only 2015 onward is available?

Thanks again.

From: Prater, Jonathan

I asked the same question because this is not the first time this has happened. There are two possible explanations and not knowing enough about the software system, I can’t tell you which is true. On our incident reports there are boxes for officers to check related to hate crimes. Most crimes are not hate crimes and officers don’t ever visit this portion of the report and probably fail to check the boxes when they come across a hate crime. The second being a special query has to be made since we don’t categorize information they way it is requested most time. This special query pulls as much information from our software as it can with the information we put in it. Since the first explanation hinders the second explanation , we get fragmented, or incomplete information.

Sgt. Jonathan Prater
Administrative Division – FOIA Unit
501-371-4678

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