FBI Reports Drop In Disability-Related Hate Crimes
Even as the number of reported hate crimes continues to rise, new federal data indicates that incidents targeting people with disabilities are down for the second year in a row.
The FBI said that there were 76 hate crime offenses reported in 2016 related to disability. That’s a decline from 88 the previous year.
The figures released this week come from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. While disability-related incidents fell, the agency’s report shows that the overall number of hate crimes rose, with 6,121 incidents reported last year.
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Federal law enforcement officials keep tabs on the number of crimes each year motivated by disability as well as race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity.
This year’s data indicates that 1.2 percent of hate crimes were related to disability. Of the offenses reported, 47 targeted those with mental disabilities while 29 related to physical disabilities.
The FBI figures are based on reports from over 15,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide.