ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Topeka Police Department of Topeka, KS.
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From: Ken Schwencke


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Kansas Open Records Act (K.S.A. 45-215), 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: Luther Ganieany

Mr. Schwencke,

This is an acknowledgment that your records request has been received and is currently being reviewed. I apologize for the delay but your request was routed to an employee who is not a records custodian for the department. We will contact you shortly once we have reviewed the request and have a response.

Luther L. Ganieany, Jr.
Police Legal Advisor
Topeka Police Department
320 S. Kansas Ave, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 368-9529

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On Aug. 1, 2017:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Kansas Open Records Act (K.S.A. 45-215), 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<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

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From: Ken Schwencke

Luther,

Thanks so much. I take it "rklumpp@Topeka.org" was the wrong email address to send it to? Where should requests go, for future reference?

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

From: Luther Ganieany

For general City records: Brenda Younger, City Clerk. byounger@topeka..org<mailto:byounger@topeka..org>

For Topeka Police Department: Jaime Dennis, Records Custodian, Records Unit. jdennis@topeka.org<mailto:jdennis@topeka.org> or Luther Ganieany, Legal Advisor. lganieany@topeka.org<mailto:lganieany@topeka.org>

Luther L. Ganieany, Jr.
Police Legal Advisor
Topeka Police Department
320 S. Kansas Ave, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 368-9529

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From: Bonnie Williams

All KORA requests should be submitted to the City Clerk. The email address is: cclerk@topeka.org

Bonnie Williams
Paralegal
City of Topeka
Attorney's Office
785-368-3883

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From: Luther Ganieany

Attached is the information you requested. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Luther L. Ganieany, Jr.
Police Legal Advisor
Topeka Police Department
320 S. Kansas Ave, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603
(785) 368-9529

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From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Luther,

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

Sincerely,
Ken Schwencke

From: Brenda Younger

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