SEATTLE — Reviews of hate crimes and non-felony bias incidents have risen in Seattle, with 178 reported through the first half of 2016 in comparison with 128 in the identical interval final yr, the Seattle Police Division stated Tuesday.
The most important variety of crimes and non-felony bias incidents in the course of the first six months of 2017 have been towards blacks, gays and lesbians and Jewish individuals, the SPD report confirmed.
“The rise in reviews might be attributed largely to victims feeling extra snug reporting bias crimes as a result of enhanced belief, improved reporting mechanisms and ongoing group outreach by the Division,” the SPD stated in a information launch.
“The very best fee of improve in reporting is within the class of ‘crimes with bias parts’, that are incidents which aren’t primarily motivated by bias, however bias language is used through the fee of a criminal offense. These incidents went up sixty four%. Officers and the group acknowledge and report bias once they observe it,” the information launch stated.