ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department of Los Angeles County, CA.

It is a clone of this request.



From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 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

From: Discovery Unit PRA Requests

We currently have a backlog on PRA requests due to an increase in the number of requests received and an unexpected shortage of personnel. We are working to address the personnel shortage and anticipate making progress in the near future. We are processing the requests in the order received. Your request has been received and you will be notified when we start processing your request. Thank you for your patience.

From: Discovery Unit PRA Requests

Mr. Schwencke - Thank you again for your patience. We are processing your request today. You will be notified once we have determined if records are available

From: Discovery Unit PRA Requests

Mr. Schwencke - Attached is LASD response regarding your request for records pursuant to the California Public Records Act

From: Ken Schwencke

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

Ken Schwencke

From: Ken Schwencke

Lt. Stuver,

In checking the hate crime & incident report log I was sent in response to my CPRA request, there appears to be significantly more incidents logged as a ‘crime’ than there are reports of bias-motivated crimes sent by the Los Angeles County Sheriff to the state.

For instance, in 2014, the state report<> and the FBI numbers<> for hate crimes are both 18. In the CPRA response, I count roughly 80 labeled as ‘crime’ for 2014.

Wondering why that discrepancy might be.

Thanks so much,
Ken Schwencke
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135