Hate crimes are up in Tennessee, according to TBI

The number of criminal offenses motivated by a known bias increased 10.5 percent from 2016 to 2017, based on crime data submitted to TBI by law enforcement agencies around the state.Reports of hate crimes increased last year in Tennessee, according to a report released Monday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The number of criminal offenses motivated by a known bias increased 10.5 percent from 2016 to 2017, based on crime data submitted to TBI by law enforcement agencies around the state.

Last year, the state’s investigative agency received reports of 199 hate crimes, up from 180 in 2016. Of those, racial, ethnicity and ancestry bias was the most frequently reported known motivation for hate crimes in the state last year, encompassing 56.8 percent of the reports. Anti-black or African American bias accounted for nearly 38 percent of all known biases in the state. Bias against those with disabilities made up 18 percent of the reports, an increase of six victims in 2016 to 36 in 2017, while sexual bias, primarily against gays and lesbians, accounted for 15 percent of the reports. Religious bias made up 10 percent of the hate crime reports, with bias against Muslims accounting for most of those. Overall, 4.5 percent of hate crimes last year involved anti-Muslim sentiment. Assault offenses were the most frequently reported, followed by intimidation.

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