Colorados reported the highest number of hate crimes in history last year, surpassing the all-time high set 28 years ago.
The number of hate crimes reported in the state soared from 231 in the previous year to 283 last year, an increase of 22%. Since 2017, the number of hate crimes has been rising every year. Data released by the FBI this week showedThe 2020 figure exceeds the historical high of 261 hate crimes recorded in 1992.
Nationwide, the number of reported hate crimes increased by 6% in 2020, from 7,314 in 2019 to 7,759 in 2020. The 2020 figure is the highest record since 2008. In 2020, about 60% of the victims were targeted because of the racism of the attackers. Data shows. According to reports, 22 murders and 19 rapes across the country are hate crimes.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement: “These figures confirm what we have seen and heard from communities, advocates, and law enforcement agencies across the country.” Reported hate crimes.”
Statistics show that hate crimes in Colorado are growing faster than the entire country. Jeremy Shaver, senior deputy regional director for the Anti-Defamation League Mountain State Region, said this is worrying, but the numbers here may increase for a variety of reasons.
“We are seeing a legal increase in these prejudice-motivated crimes, and I think through some training from law enforcement agencies, we are starting to see more law enforcement agencies identifying these incidents and then reporting them,” Shaver said.
FBI data only includes incidents that have been reported to law enforcement and have been identified as hate crimes by law enforcement. Shaver said this means that these numbers are low compared to the actual level of racist incidents in the country. He said that this is not a perfect data set, but it is the largest and most consistent information currently available.
The data shows that in Colorado, the most common motive recorded by law enforcement is people’s racist behavior against blacks. These institutions recorded 96 anti-black hate crime incidents, an increase of 190% from the average of 33 anti-black hate crime incidents per year from 2016 to 2019. The number of crimes motivated by anti-black hatred has increased year by year since 2017, when the state recorded 14 such crimes.
The three most common types of hate crimes reported by Colorado last year were criminal intimidation, vandalism, and simple attacks. Colorados also reported 39 serious attacks due to prejudice.
The Denver Police Department received 80 reports of hate crimes in 2020, the largest number of police departments in Colorado. Colorado Springs recorded 20 hate crimes, and Aurora reported 14 cases.
Although Denver’s numbers may seem high, Shaver noted that both the Denver Police Department and the Denver District Attorney’s Office have dedicated staff trained in hate crime investigations. This structure may mean that more crimes are classified as hate crimes.
Here are some other key points from the report:
- Seven crimes motivated by anti-Asian hatred were reported statewide in 2020, similar to the number in 2019
- Reports of racist crimes against Hispanics have increased every year since 2014, from 9 in 2014 to 34 in 2020, almost quadrupling
- More than half of the hate crimes reported in Colorado last year were based on racial or ethnic hatred. The second category is crimes driven by sexual orientation.
The FBI does not collect data on hate crime prosecutions, so it is difficult to know how many reported crimes led to convictions. Denver data shows that such convictions are rare.
Of the 127 Colorado law enforcement agencies included in federal hate crime data, 63 did not record any hate crimes in 2020, including Front Range communities Arvada and Loveland.
Shaver said that, based on the size of these communities, it is unlikely that hate crimes did not occur in these communities. He said that large metropolitan area agencies that have not reported hate crimes to the FBI may need to improve their relationships with target communities and improve their own training to better identify hate crimes.