Report: Race-Based Crimes in D.C. Increase - NBC4 Washington

Report: Race-Based Crimes in D.C. Increase



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    Hate crimes motivated by race may be on the rise in the District.

    An annual police report showed that there were more race-based hate crimes in D.C. in 2013 than there were in 2012.

    The D.C. Police Department's report showed there were 18 race-based crimes last year, up from 13 the year before. Ten of those victims were white and four of them were black, while four were other races.

    However, that is down from 28 racially-motivated hate crimes in 2011. Hate crimes decreased from 2012 to 2013 overall.

    The Washington Times originally reported the numbers. Police told them there were probably many more race-related hate crimes, but officers don't always have enough evidence to classify them as such.