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Lack of trust in law enforcement hinders reporting of LGBTQ crimes

August 23, 2018

Katie Gagliano and Emma Keith, News21

SAN FRANCISCO — Violent crimes and other hate incidents against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are consistently not reported and prosecuted because of chronic distrust between the LGBTQ community and police.

Nearly 300,000 crimes may have been committed against people across the United States because of their sexual orientation from 2012 to 2016, according to a News21 analysis of data from the federal National Crime Victimization Survey, which tens of thousands of American households fill out each year.

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