The deeply flawed data underpinning the FBI's new report produces an extremely flawed understanding of hate crime trends across the country.
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The FBI’s hate crimes data is better than nothing, but the numbers produced by the bureau each year are not particularly useful.
Hate crimes rose to the highest level in more than a decade and hate-motivated killings reached a record high since reporting began in the 1990s.Hate crimes rose to the highest level in more than a decade and hate-motivated killings reached a record high since reporting began in the 1990s.
An unsealed federal criminal complaint alleges that Grafton Thomas used a machete to target those who were "easily identifiable as adherents to the Jewish faith" and charges Thomas with federal hate crimes. On Saturday night, five were stabbed at a Chanukkah celebration in a predominately Hasidic Jewish community in Rockland County, New York.
On Oct. 27, Robert Bowers launched an attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn., murdering 11 worshipers and injuring many others. The federal indictment against Bowers charges him with multiple counts of obstructing, by force and threat of force, “the free exercise of religious beliefs” resulting in death and bodily injury and involving the use of a dangerous weapon and attempts to kill.
The FBI on Tuesday released its 2017 Hate Crimes Report. The document is below.