FBI: Hate crimes slightly down last year

Dec. 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The United States had about 400 fewer hate crimes in 2011 than in 2010, the FBI reported Monday.

The bureau said there were 6,222 criminal incidents involving 7,254 offenses reported in 2011 related to race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability. That compares with 6,628 incidents involving 7,699 offenses in the prior year.

Nearly 47 percent (46.9 percent) of the 6,216 "single-bias" incidents involved racial bias; 20.8 percent, sexual orientation; 19.8 percent, religious bias; and 11.6 percent, ethnicity, and 0.9 percent, disability, the Uniform Crime Reporting program showed.

The report said there were six "multiple-bias" incidents involving 14 offenses, 16 victims and seven offenders.

Of the 4,628 offenses classified as crimes against persons, 45.6 percent were said to be intimidation, 34.5 percent simple assault and 19.4 percent aggravated assault. There were also four homicides and seven forcible rapes, the statistics showed.

Eighty-one-point-four percent of the 2,611 property crimes were classified as acts of destruction, damage or vandalism while 18.6 percent were classified as robbery, burglary, theft or arson.

"Fifty-nine percent of the 5,731 known offenders were white; 20.9 percent were black," the FBI said. "The race was unknown for 10.8 percent and other races accounted for the remaining known offenders."

Nearly a third of hate-crime incidents occurred near homes (32 percent) and 18 percent were on roadways, 9.3 percent at schools, 5.9 percent in parking lots, 4.4 percent in places of worship, 11.3 percent in undesignated areas and 19.1 percent in other locations.

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