NEW YORK (AP/WCBS 880) – New York officials say there were 699 hate crimes statewide last year, up two percent from a year earlier. They were mainly incidents of vandalism, assault and intimidation based on religious, racial, ethnic and sex biases.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi Reports

The Division of Criminal Justice Services says 350 hate crimes were reported in New York City, up from 275 the year before, while the total declined elsewhere from 394 to 337.

The report says 31 percent of the hate crimes were anti-Jewish, 20 percent anti-black, 16 percent against male homosexuals and 8 percent against Hispanics.

The total includes 460 crimes against people and 239 against property.

The agency notes 97 offenders convicted, with 36 percent incarcerated and 9 percent receiving probation.

“It’s the motivation that makes hate crimes something that we focus on,” Sean Byrne, acting commissioner of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, told WCBS 880 reporter Catherine Cioffi. “Bias motivated crimes of this nature tear at the fabric of our civilized society.”

He notes that this is just a tiny fraction of the state’s overall reported crime.

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Comments (6)
  1. KPMc says:

    The Thought Police couldn’t find one ‘hate crime” committed against a white man? I guess when I white man gets robbed or beaten it’s just a plain old crime no matter what the perp says at the time.

    You mean you can charge people with crimes without making it about racial motivation or even disregard stupid things said during the altercation? Who knew?

    All crime is hate crime. What is the alternative? An I really, really like you crime?

  2. ARanere says:

    So there were 460 crimes against people according to the article and you’ve labeled over 200 million white people as animals….who is the real animal here???

  3. NUMBERS DON'T LIE says:

    According to these numbers it seems like most hate crimes are committed by white people. Who are the real animals here?

    1. Whatajerk says:

      You’re an idiot. Where do you see that these crimes were committed by whites? I smell racism…

  4. NUMBERS DON'T LIE says:

    ACCORDING TO THESE NUMBERS it seems like most of the hate crimes are committed by white people. Who are the real animals here?

    1. Hang in there says:

      Numbers don’t lie.

      Where did you come up with such a ridiculous statement? Perhaps you should now become hate crime # 367.

      I’ll never understand peoples’ STUPID obsession with “this race good, that race bad” – personally, I’m an equal opportunity destroyer!

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