ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Toledo Police Department of Toledo, OH.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records 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 not being made for commercial purposes, and is a part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at

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: Willis, Janice

From: Ken Schwencke


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

Ken Schwencke

From: Ken Schwencke

Do you have documentation on the data fields in the file you sent? Report type and Bias type code, specifically.

Thank you,
Ken Schwencke.

From: Willis, Janice


The report type "C" simply means crime and bias type code is exactly as it appears. i.e. code 12 is Black/African American or 11 is White, etc..

From: Ken Schwencke

Thanks. One last thing: I see the data you sent starts with 2012. Were there no reports in 2011 & 2010?

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

From: Willis, Janice

No Sir. That is all the information we have.