ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Quincy Police Department of Quincy, MA.
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From: K Barkas

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Lt. Terence McDonnell has be designated as the Records Access Officer for the Quincy Police Department pursuant to the Public Records Law. All Public Records requests should be directed to Lt. Terence McDonnell at the address below. Public Records requests may be made in-person, via mail, or electronic mail. Telephone requests will NOT be honored. For future reference, you may find this information on our website www.quincypolice.org under Administrative Services.

Lieutenant Terence McDonnell
Keeper of Records
1 Sea St
Quincy, MA 02169
tmcdonnell@quincyma.gov

Respectfully,

Sergeant Karyn Barkas
Quincy Police Department
1 Sea Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-745-5890
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From: Ken Schwencke


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, 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.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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.

Sincerely,

Ken Schwencke

From: TERENCE M MCDONNELL

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Please find the attached response to your recent Public Records request dated and received August 1, 2017.
Regards,

Lieutenant Terence McDonnell

Quincy Police Department

Inspector of Divisions

1 Sea Street

Quincy, MA 02169

617-745-5744

617-745-5749 (fax)

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Lieutenant McDonnell,

Thanks so much! I really appreciate your quick response.

It appears that you've printed a spreadsheet for us. Is there any way we could get that in a machine-readable format, as an attachment? It is hard to understand printed across so many pages.

Appreciate the help,
Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: TERENCE M MCDONNELL

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Please find this same response in the attached machine readable format.
Regards,.

Lieutenant Terence McDonnell

Quincy Police Department

Inspector of Divisions

1 Sea Street

Quincy, MA 02169

617-745-5744

617-745-5749 (fax)

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Lt. McDonnell,

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

Sincerely,
Ken Schwencke

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