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FBI: Hate crimes up nearly 8 percent

November 20, 2007

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— Hate crime incidents rose nearly 8 percent last year, the FBI reported Monday, as civil rights advocates increasingly take to the streets to protest what they call official indifference to intimidation and attacks against blacks and other minorities.

Police across the nation reported 7,722 criminal incidents in 2006 targeting victims or property as a result of bias against a race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin or physical or mental disability. That was up 7.8 percent from 7,163 incidents reported in 2005.

More than half the incidents were motivated by racial prejudice, but the report did not even pick up all the racially motivated incidents last year.

Although the noose incidents and beatings among students at Jena, La., high school occurred in the last half of 2006, they were not included in the report. Only 12,600 of the nation's more than 17,000 local, county, state and federal police agencies participated in the hate crime reporting program in 2006 and neither Jena nor LaSalle Parish, in which the town is located, were among the agencies reporting.

Nevertheless, the Jena incidents, and a subsequent rash of noose and other racial incidents around the country, have spawned civil rights demonstrations that culminated last week at Justice Department headquarters here. The department said it investigated the Jena incident but decided not to prosecute because the federal government does not typically bring hate crime charges against juveniles.

Organizers said 100 busloads of protesters joined Friday's march here. In September, an estimated 20,000 protesters marched through Jena. On Nov. 3, hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Charleston, W.Va., to urge prosecutors to add hate crime charges against six white people charged in the beating, torture and sexual assault of a 20-year-old black woman who was discovered Sept. 8 after several days of alleged captivity in a rural trailer.

"The FBI report confirms what we have been saying for many months about the severe increase in hate crimes," said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who organized Friday's march. "What is not reported, however, is the lack of prosecution and serious investigation by the Justice Department to counter this increase in hate crimes."

The FBI report does not break out the number of noose incidents but the two most frequent hate crimes in 2006 were property damage or vandalism, at 2,911 offenses, and intimidation, at 2,046 offenses. There were 3 murders, 6 rapes, 860 aggravated assaults, 1,447 simple assaults and 41 arsons. Other offenses included robbery, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.

Since the FBI began collecting hate crime data in 1991, the most frequent motivation has been racial bias, accounting for 51.8 percent of incidents in 2006, down from the 54.7 in 2005.

Also in 2006, religious bias was blamed for 18.9 percent of the incidents; sexual orientation bias for 15.5 percent, and ethnic or national origin for 12.7 percent.

Comments

jonas 7 years, 1 month ago

"The Bush Administration is the major hate crime in the U.S., perhaps in the world right now."

Man, that doesn't even make sense. Go get some coffee and try again.

beatrice 7 years, 1 month ago

rt just quoted a hate-group to prove his point about hate crimes. What a pinhead. To quote Paul Keating, "He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."

Uranass: "Oh well, we whites probably will be a minority someday and have our day in court so to speak." Yes, I know. Us whites have it so hard in America. Po po us.

This board kind of shows why Kansans shouldn't jump right in on conversations about race issues, in the same way people in Montana probably shouldn't be the first to discuss the dangers of a tsunami. No offense intended, but Kansas is simply too white to have a clue or be taken seriously on this issue.

monkeywrench1969 7 years, 1 month ago

IF you go through the FBI stats in the religion based category Jews have been the leading target for several years running in the area of 30-34% of the time. Muslims have averaged around 11-13%. Another problem on the stats is the departmnet has to report the crime as a hate crime which can draw undo bad attention to their city so It may or not be reported accurately.

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