FBI: Conn. law enforcement reported 122 hate crimes in 2017
Hate crime incidents reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation increased about 17 percent from 2017 to 2016, data showed.
The FBI released the Uniform Crime Reporting Program annual Hate Crimes Statistics report on Tuesday, compiled through reports from thousands of law enforcement agencies nationwide.
“Reporting hate crime data to the UCR Program allows the public, researchers, community leaders, and local government to raise awareness of the issue and gain a more accurate picture of hate crimes,” the FBI said.
Across the country, law enforcement agencies submitted 7,175 incident reports regarding crimes motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender and gender identity. In 2016, data showed, there were 6,121 reported hate crimes.
In Connecticut, there were 122 reported hate crimes in 2017, including three aggravated assaults, 20 simple assaults, 41 instances of intimation and 39 incidents of damage or destruction.
In 2016, Connecticut reported 124 hate crime incidents, including 12 aggravated assaults, 18 simple assaults, 40 instances of intimidation and 39 incidents of damage or destruction.
In New York, there were 559 hate crime incidents reported in 2017, data showed. And in Massachusetts, there were 486 hate crime incidents.
“Although the numbers increased last year, so did the number of law enforcement agencies reporting hate crime data—with approximately 1,000 additional agencies contributing information,” the FBI said.
The 2017 data was submitted by 16,149 law enforcement agencies across the nation. The 2016 data featured reporting from 15,254 agencies.
The 2017 report showed the most common bias categories were race/ethnicity/ancestry, which made up 59.6 percent of incidents. Following that were religion-driven hate crimes, which made up 20.6 percent, and sexual orientation at 15.8 percent.
The Department of Justice launched a hate crimes website, which has information for law enforcement about reporting incidents.
“The FBI is working with law enforcement partners across the country to encourage reporting of hate crime statistics,” the agency said. “Next year, FBI personnel will provide training for law enforcement officers on how to identify bias-motivated incidents and report that data to the FBI’s UCR Program.”
A breakdown of the crimes can be found at ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2017.