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FBI data shows drop in hate crimes

Hate crimes in the U.S. fell in 2013, according to FBI data released Monday, even as the agency included several new bias categories.

Spokane and Spokane Valley also saw a drop in reported incidents from 2012 to 2013.

For the first time, this year's data includes crimes motivated by by the victim's gender (male and female) as well as gender identity (transgender and gender-nonconforming).

Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. reported 5,928 hate crime incidents in 2013, versus 6,573 in 2012. Findings from the data include:

  • A plurality of single bias crimes, about 49 percent, were racially motivated. Of those, two-thirds resulted from anti-black or anti-African-American bias.
  • Following race, incidents targeted sexual orientation (20 percent), religion (17 percent), ethnicity (11 percent) and disability (1.4 percent). 
  • About 60 percent of religious bias incidents were anti-Jewish, and about 14 percent were anti-Muslim.
  • Gender and gender identity bias each accounted for less than 1 percent of total incidents.
  • 4,430 hate crimes were crimes against people. Intimidation (44 percent), simple assault (39 percent) and aggravated assault (17 percent) accounted for the majority of these crimes.
  • Another 2,424 crimes were against property. Most were damage, destruction or vandalism.

In Washington, law enforcement agencies reported 291 hate crimes in 2013.

Spokane reported two incidents - one motivated by race and one by sexual orientation - while Spokane Valley reported one race-motivated and one ethnicity-motivated crime. That's a drop from 2012, when Spokane reported six hate crimes and Spokane Valley reported four.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office had six crimes: one each motivated by race, sexual orientation and disability, and three motivated by ethnicity. Spokane County data was not reported in 2012.




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Rachel Alexander
Rachel Alexander came to the Spokesman-Review in 2014 after working for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. She covers social services, health and science for the City Desk and writes a monthly data-focused column, Know Spokane.

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