Data Viz: Hate Crimes

Each year the FBI releases data tied to hate crime incidents across the country. The data is collected through voluntary reporting by 15,254 law enforcement agencies. Many civil and human rights advocates note that the statistics are flawed as reporting is not mandatory. As explored in a recent NPR article, nearly 90 cities with populations of more than 100,000 either reported zero hate crimes or did not report data for 2016.

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Law enforcement reported 6,121 criminal incidents and 7,321 related incidents motivated by biases against certain races, sexual orientation, gender identities, religion, and others.

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For the 2016 release of hate crimes data, law enforcement reported:

  • 3,489 hate crime incidents motivated by race/ethnicity/ancestry bias, the majority of incidents occurring in or near residences or homes, and on highways, roads, streets, etc.
  • 1,273 hate crime incidents occurred due to a religious bias, the majority of incidents occurring in or near residences, homes, houses of worship, or schools.
  • 1,076 hate crime incidents motivated by bias against a particular sexual orientation, the majority of incidents in or near residences or home, and on highways, roads, streets, etc.
  • 70 reported hate crime incidents against persons with a mental or physical disability, the majority of incidents occurring in or near residences or homes.
  • 31 gender bias hate crimes, the the majority of incidents occurring in or near residences or homes.
  • 124 gender identity motivated hate crimes, the majority of incidents occurring on highways, roads, streets, etc., and in or near residences or homes.

A percent distribution of victims by bias type showed that 58.9 percent of victims were targeted because of the offenders’ race/ethnicity/ancestry bias; 21.1 percent were targeted because of the offenders’ religious bias; 16.7 percent were victimized because of the offenders’ sexual -orientation bias; 1.7 percent were targeted because of the offenders’ gender identity bias; 1.0 percent were victimized because of the offenders’ disability bias; and 0.5 percent were victimized because of the offenders’ gender bias .

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Does the data match what you see in your community? What does hate crime reporting look like for your municipality? Tell us in the comments or find us on Facebook and Twitter to chat.

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