Reported Hate Crimes up in Spokane and nationwide
Hate crimes reported in the United States went up 17 percent from 2016 to 2017. That’s according to numbers released Wednesday by the FBI.
Although those numbers increased from nearly 6,121 to 7,175 the FBI says, so did the number of agencies reporting hate crimes, with approximately 1,000 additional agencies contributing information.
About 5,000 of the hate crimes reported were categorized as crimes against persons, such as intimidation or assault. About 3,000 were considered crimes against property, such as vandalism, robbery, or burglary.
In the City of Spokane last year, 27 hate crimes were reported, that number is up from 2016 when a total of eight hate crimes were reported.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program shows 59.6 percent of all reported hate crimes nationwide centered on race, ethnicity or ancestry.
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