ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Rapid City Police Department of Rapid City, SD.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Dakota Sunshine Law, 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: Clabo Jennie

Good morning Ken!

I am writing to inform you that we are denying your request. Law Enforcement records are exempt from the South Dakota open record laws due to statute 1-27-1.5. This statute makes certain records not open to inspections and copying. Part (5) of the statute is where it directly states that Law Enforcement records are not subject to the open records law.

Thank you.

Jennie Clabo | Technology and Records Manager
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