FBI Report Doesn't Hold Good News on Hate Crimes


Washington law enforcement agencies reported 613 total hate-motivated crimes to the Federal Bureau of Investigation previous year - everything from homicide and rape to burglary and "intimidation" - more than any other state except California, according to the FBI's data.

It was the third year in a row hate offenses rose in the U.S. There were 7,175 hate crime incidents reported in 2017, and a total of 8,437 offenses (some incidents included multiple charges).

The total number of hate crimes was the highest since 2008. Muslims were the second most frequent target, at 18.6 percent.

Gene Blevins/Polaris/NewscomOn Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released hate crime data for a year ago.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker called the report a "call to action" and condemned the offences as "despicable violations of our core values as Americans".

The vast majority of hate crimes are prosecuted in state courts, with federal prosecutors typically charging between one and two dozen defendants for hate crimes under various federal hate crime statutes.In 2018, the Justice Department filed 22 hate crime cases, according to a spokeswoman.

Jonathan Greenblatt of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, said the report "provides further evidence that more must be done to address the divisive climate of hate in America".

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Critics have long warned that the data may be incomplete, in part because it is based on voluntary reporting by police agencies across the country.

The Anti-Defamation League said some of police departments in major US cities didn't report hate crimes as part of the annual report, including the Honolulu Police Department, Indianapolis Police Department and police in Kansas City, Kansas.

"That begins with leaders from all walks of life and from all sectors of society forcefully condemning anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hate whenever it occurs". Just under 2% of victims documented in the report were targeted because of a disability or a bias against gender identity. There were increases in attacks motivated by racial bias (59.6% of incidents), religious bias (20.6%), and because of a victim's sexual orientation (15.8%).

Nationally, anti-Jewish hate crimes made up more than half, 58.1 percent, of the 1,679 hate crimes targeting religion.

"I think our polarized environment. we see people bringing a kind of toxicity into the political conversations that we've never seen before", Greenblatt told CBS News' Meg Oliver.

The hate crimes ranged from murder to vandalism and also included rape, robbery and assault. Most - 78.3 percent - targeted individuals, while others targeted businesses, government entities or religious organizations.

Looking at the nation overall, law enforcement reported 7,175 hate crimes o the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program past year, which is up from 6,121 in 2016.