ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office of Tangipahoa County, LA.
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From: Ken Schwencke


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the the Louisiana Public Records Act, 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,

Ken Schwencke

From: Celeste Shields

My firm represents the Law Enforcement District of Tangipahoa Parish and Sheriff Edwards. I wanted to let you know that we are working on responding to your request, but it is going to take some time to gather that information, especially considering the length of time you are requesting records for.

I will provide these records to you as soon as they are compiled. Thank you for your patience.

Celeste H. Shields
SEALE & ROSS, P.L.C.
200 N. Cate Street
P.O. Drawer 699
Hammond, LA 70401
985-542-8500
985-542-4111(Fax)
c.shields@sealeross.com<mailto:c.shields@sealeross.com>

From: Ken Schwencke

Thank you. I appreciate the help!

Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Celeste Shields

I apologize for the delay, but the TPSO representative in charge of this department has been out of the office. She just emailed me to advise that she has reviewed the UCR reports (2010 - current date) and there are no documented Hate Crimes that were reported. She indicated that if there were any documented, they would be listed on the UCR report, which is forwarded to LCLE quarterly.

Thank you for your patience and please let me know if you have any questions.

Celeste H. Shields
SEALE & ROSS, P.L.C.
200 N. Cate Street
P.O. Drawer 699
Hammond, LA 70401
985-542-8500
985-542-4111(Fax)
c.shields@sealeross.com<mailto:c.shields@sealeross.com>

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Celeste,

Thank you for looking into it for me. I appreciate it!

Sincerely,
Ken Schwencke

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