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Disability-Related Hate Crimes Surge

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Nearly twice as many hate crimes targeting people with disabilities were reported last year, the FBI says, even as the total number of hate crimes nationwide fell.

Statistics released Monday from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program indicate that there were 102 hate crime offenses reported in 2012 based on disability bias. That’s up from 58 the year prior.

The increase in disability-related cases comes as the total number of hate crimes declined, the FBI said.

Overall, 5,796 criminal incidents reported last year were motivated by a bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin or disability. In 2011, there were 6,222 cases.

Disability bias accounted for 1.6 percent of all hate crimes reported in 2012. The FBI said that 82 of the incidents were related to mental disability and 20 were related to physical disability.

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  1. Jon K. Evans says:

    That’s just like hate criminals. They always find someone defenseless (relatively) to prey on because they cannot make anything better of themselves. Hate criminals are sociopaths, wusses, wimps, cowards, and any other form of person that is frowned upon.

  2. fairlady68 says:

    I would be interested to hear some theories about WHY this might be the case.

  3. david snow says:

    Mentally challenged people provide an easy target for the hate and anger that people live every day. The politics of today and society in general blame the weak and laud the strong. Makers and Takers was the popular theme last election. They react out of pain by giving pain.

  4. Dadvocate says:

    This story is way too alarmist in my opinion 1) A link to the data would be helpful 2) These are “reported” hate crimes, not hate crime convictions. Big difference These subjective reports may or may not reflect an actual increase; they may instead reflect an increased desire to use hate crime statutes to charge folks 3) Thankfully, the overall number is really, really small (though all incidents are serious) so gauging a trend year over year is iffy (as the FBI states) 4) Nearly half of the reported incidents involving a mental disability took place “in the home” (presumably involving people living with parents/family or in independent settings) so it doesn’t signal anything widespread happening out there.

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