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Hate crime stats show an increase, but the real story could be even worse




FBI Director James Comey. The FBI recently released its annual report on hate crimes
FBI Director James Comey. The FBI recently released its annual report on hate crimes
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This week the FBI, through its Uniform Crime Reporting Program, released statistics related to hate crimes from law enforcement agencies across the country.

The report revealed more than 5,000 criminal incidents and nearly 7,000 related offenses that were motivated by bias against race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.

But many experts worry about a new focus on crimes colored by prejudice and politics … because many believe that the data is deeply flawed. We talk to Propublica’s A.C. Thompson, who has been writing about it. 



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