|HATE CRIME STATISTICS 2007
Inside a National Scourge
Last month, two men were sentenced to life in prison for murdering a Kansas City, Missouri man in cold blood because of the color of his skin.
It happened in March 2005, when the pair drove past an African-American walking to work and fired shots at him. They missed, so they drove around the block, caught up with him again, and fired a second time. This time, the man was struck in the chest and killed.
This year’s report—Hate Crime Statistics 2007, now posted online—continues that mission. Overall, 7,624 hate crime incidents involving 9,006 offenses were reported to us—incidents that involved bias towards a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or disability. The report goes into a great deal of interesting detail, but here’s a breakdown of some key numbers:
We play a role, too, in investigating hate crimes. Our jurisdiction comes primarily from four federal statutes related to civil rights conspiracies, federally-protected activities, religious freedom, and fair housing. But we frequently work with our state and local partners—as we did with the Kansas City police in the brutal murder case mentioned above. We also backstop state and local investigations when appropriate or sometimes conduct a federal investigation concurrently.
For more information on hate crimes and our longstanding work to combat them, see our Hate Crimes webpage.