FBI Releases 2019 Statistics on Hate Crimes
The FBI has released 2019 Hate Crime Statistics, which provides statistics and data on the following: “Incidents and Offenses”; “Victims”; “Offenders”; “Location Type”; and “Hate Crime by Jurisdiction.” This analysis included responses from 15,588 law enforcement agencies with only 2,172 reporting hate crime offenses. A total of 7,314 “hate crime incidents” where reported for 2019, over half of which were reported as race-based hate crimes. Other types of hate crimes reported in 2019 included those victimized because of a religious bias, sexual-orientation bias, gender identity bias, disability bias, and gender bias. These offenses included crimes against people, property, and society with most “occurring inside or near residences/homes.” The majority of known hate crime offenders were white persons over the age of 18.
Data included in the analysis was collected for the following types of offenses: “murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, simple assault, intimidation, human trafficking—commercial sex acts, and human trafficking—involuntary servitude (crimes against persons); and robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, and destruction/damage/vandalism (crimes against property).” The following ‘crimes against society’ were also reported: “drug or narcotic offenses, gambling offenses, prostitution offenses, weapon law violations, and animal cruelty offenses.” It is important to note that hate crime victims not only include individuals but also “business/financial institution[s], government entity[s], religious organization[s], or society/public as a whole.”
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