ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Tampa Police Department of Tampa, FL.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Ken Schwencke

From: Stephen Hegarty

See the attached spreadsheet. Please let me know you got this.

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Stephen,

Thank you so much for your quick attention to this. I appreciate it.

I do have to ask, are you sure this is all of the hate crimes or crimes evidencing bias investigated by or reported to the Tampa Police in that period? It appears to be a very low number. For reference, Springfield, MO, has roughly half the population and reports more than double the number of incidents in the same period.

Appreciate any insight,
Ken Schwencke

From: Stephen Hegarty

What I provided were the cases that met the UCR definition of a hate crime.

From: Ken Schwencke

Great, thanks again.