FBI Reports Rise In Disability-Related Hate Crimes
New federal data indicates that the number of reported hate crimes targeting people with disabilities has ticked up.
There were 95 hate crime offenses related to disability bias last year, according to recently released statistics from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The 2014 numbers are up slightly compared to the previous year when the FBI recorded 92 offenses targeting people with disabilities.
At the same time, however, the overall number of hate crimes documented fell to 5,479 criminal incidents in 2014.
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In addition to disability, the FBI collects hate crimes statistics on criminal incidents motivated by a bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or ethnicity.
The data is drawn from reports gathered by nearly 15,500 law enforcement agencies nationwide.
Disability bias accounted for 1.4 percent of all hate crimes logged in 2014. Of them, 69 were committed against people with mental disabilities and 26 were aimed at those with physical disabilities, the FBI said.