FBI Data: Hate Crime Killings Broke Record In 2019

The Washington Post reports:

Hate-crime killings reached a record last year in the United States, due in large part to the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso that officials say was motivated by anti-immigrant bias, according to figures released Monday by the FBI.

There were 51 hate-crime killings in 2019, the highest number since the FBI began tabulating such figures in the early 1990s. The 2019 data also showed a significant increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, rising 14 percent from the previous year, which accounted for almost all growth in religiously motivated bias crimes.

The FBI’s hate crimes data is the most comprehensive in the country, but critics say it offers an incomplete portrait of bias incidents because of the small percentage of police agencies that report such crimes to the FBI.

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