For the first time in four years, hate crimes fell slightly in the United States in 2018, according to the FBI’s annual statistics released on Tuesday.
Law enforcement agencies reported 7,120 bias-motivated incidents to the FBI in 2018 — down from 7,175 in 2017 — the report showed.
Despite the downtick in incidents, the year was the deadliest on record for hate crimes. Law enforcement agencies reported 24 homicides classified as hate crimes, the most on record, and 3,099 violent hate crime offenses, the highest level since 2001.
“The FBI’s 2018 hate crime data confirm what we already know: communities continue to face hate in America and the violence is getting worse,” said Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute.
The slight decline in reported hate crime incidents followed a spike of more than 30% during the prior three years, and came as a smaller number of police departments participated in the annual report.
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