- Hate crimes by the numbers (Photo: Associated Press)
Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual report on bias-motivated crimes committed in the United States. Nationally, hate crimes are on the decline: In 2009, law enforcement agencies across the country reported 6,604 hate crimes to the FBI; in 2008, that number was 7,783. The hate crime count decreased even as the number of local agencies reporting to the FBI spiked, but the national picture is still far from complete—many jurisdictions still don't contribute their own stats to the feds.
Two agencies in the District of Columbia—the Metropolitan Police Department and Metro Transit Police—do submit hate crime data to the FBI. Though D.C. recorded a similar decrease in bias-motivated incidents last year, crimes based on the victim's sexual orientation remained high.