The report does not have figures for some of the nation’s largest cities, including New York and Los Angeles. Brian Levine, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Crime at California State University-San Bernardino, said hate crimes are at their highest in decades.
Washington. In 2021, an increase in hate crime cases has been registered in America. This information was given by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), an agency of the Department of Justice in the US. According to data released by the Federal Investigation Agency on Monday, such cases have increased by 12 percent, while the previous incomplete report had said that cases had decreased. However, the report did not have figures for some of the country’s largest cities, including New York and Los Angeles. Brian Levine, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Crime at California State University-San Bernardino, said hate crimes are at their highest in decades.
“We live in an alarming time where hate crimes are on the rise,” he said. According to the FBI report, 64.5 percent of victims were targeted because of their race, ethnicity, or ethnicity. Another 16 percent were targeted because of their sexual orientation and 14 percent because of religious bias. Such crimes were most often carried out by intimidation and assault. There were 18 cases of murder on the basis of hatred. Jill Garvey, chief of staff at the Western States Center, reported that Jewish people were targeted in half of the religious cases. The FBI’s report released on Monday emphasized on keeping records of such cases properly.
Garvey said, “We still haven’t got enough data to get to the root cause of this problem.” The decrease in such cases in the previous report, released in December, was because the police then had to share their data with the FBI. The situation was not clear as to how to hand it over. For greater clarity, agency officials allowed larger departments to report under the previous system. Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said, “Hate crimes and the distress they cause to communities have no place in the country. The Ministry of Justice is committed to using every resource at its disposal to address all forms of bias-driven violence.
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