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Showing posts with label hate crimes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hate crimes. Show all posts

Friday, February 15, 2013

FBI - Gotcha - Hate Crimes Against Amish, Part 2

Hate Crimes Against Amish, Part 2

Mollie Halpern: Perpetrators in an FBI closed case received their sentences earlier this month, but their actions continue to evoke fear among the Amish community.
Michael S. Sirohman: The entire Amish community—at least from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan—they’re all very aware of this community and still fearful of it.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern, and this is Gotcha, the FBI’s closed case of the week.
Sixteen members of an Amish sect in Bergholz, Ohio launched multiple attacks against other members of Amish communities. In some instances, the attackers and victims were related. Case Agent Michael Sirohman…
Sirohman: They believed it would help bring their victims closer to God by doing this to them.
Halpern: The attackers wanted to shame their victims by cutting and shaving their hair and beards with scissors and horse shears.
Sirohman: The hair and beard of members of the Amish community are symbols of their religious faith.
Halpern: Some victims were also injured.
Sirohman: They wanted pictures to show how funny and embarrassed their victims looked afterwards.
Halpern: For more on this case, visit

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Hate Crimes Remain Steady 2010 - FBI Report Released:

Hate Crimes Remain Steady
2010 FBI Report Released
Hate crimes report logo 

Intimidation…vandalism…assault…rape…murder. These are crimes by anyone’s definition. But add an element of bias against the victims—because of their race or religion, for example—and these traditional crimes become hate crimes.
And based on data from the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics report for 2010, the 6,628 hate crime incidents reported to us by our law enforcement partners stayed consistent with the 6,604 incidents reported in 2009.
Today, we’re releasing on our website the full 2010 report, which contains information about the types of biases that motivate hate crimes, the nature of the offenses, and some information about the victims and offenders. It also breaks down hate crimes by jurisdiction and includes data by state and by agency.
The hate crimes report is fairly reflective of the country—agencies that participated in the Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime Statistics Program effort in 2010 represented more than 285 million people, or 92.3 percent of the nation’s population, and their jurisdictions covered 49 states and the District of Columbia. Of the 14,977 agencies that submitted data, 1,949 reported that hate crime incidents had occurred in their jurisdictions.
Here are some of the report’s highlights:

  • Hate Crimes graphic
    Law enforcement reported 8,208 victims of hate crimes—a “victim” can be an individual, a business, an institution, or society as a whole.
  • Of the 6,628 hate crime incidents reported to us for 2010, nearly all (6,624) involved a single bias—47.3 percent of the single-bias incidents were motivated by race; 20 percent by religion; 19.3 by sexual orientation; 12.8 percent by an ethnicity/national origin bias; and 0.6 by physical or mental disability.
  • As a result of the 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crime Prevention Act, the FBI is implementing changes to collect additional data for crimes motivated by a bias against a particular gender or gender identity, as well as for hate crimes committed by or directed against juveniles.
  • A reported 4,824 offenses were crimes against persons—intimidation accounted for 46.2 percent of these offenses; simple assault for 34.8 percent; and aggravated assault for 18.4 percent.
  • There were 2,861 reported offenses of crimes against property—the majority (81.1 percent) were acts of destruction/damage/vandalism.
  • Of the 6,008 known offenders, 58.6 were white and 18.4 percent were black.
  • 31.4 percent of reported hate crime incidents took place in or near homes.
The FBI takes its role in investigating hate crimes very seriously—it’s the number one priority of our civil rights program. “Almost a fourth of our 2010 civil rights caseload involved crimes motivated by a particular bias against the victim,” said Eric Thomas, our civil rights chief in Washington, D.C., “and we frequently worked these cases with state and local law enforcement to ensure that justice was done—whether at the state level or at the federal level.”
This report, and the FBI’s hate crime data collection effort as a whole, would not have been possible without the support of national and state criminal justice organizations and the thousands of law enforcement agencies nationwide whose officers investigate, identify, and report hate crimes to us.
- Hate Crime Statistics, 2010- Press release
- FBI civil rights program