FBI Reports Drop In Hate Crimes in 2007

Any decrease in crime is welcome news. The bad news is there’s still plenty of hate of crimes to go around.

By Matt Apuzzo
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Hate crime incidents decreased slightly last year, despite a surge in crimes targeting gays and lesbians.
The FBI reported more than 7,600 hate crime incidents in 2007, down about 1 percent from last year. The decline was driven by decreases in the two largest categories of hate crimes _ crimes against race and religion.
But prejudice against sexual orientation, the third-largest category, increased about 6 percent, the report found.
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