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The number of hate crimes reported to Colorado law enforcement in 2020 hit a record high

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.

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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 number of hate crimes reported to Colorado law enforcement in 2020 hit a record high
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