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FBI Data Finds Hate Crimes Dropped in 2021

However, an undercount is likely

U.S. hate crime incidents dropped in 2021 from a two-decade high in 2020, according to FBI data released on Monday, but the agency acknowledged that the figures exclude totals from more than one-third of the country's law enforcement agencies.

Overall, more than 7,200 hate crimes were reported in 2021, about 1,000 fewer than a year earlier. More than 60 percent of the reported incidents were based on race, ancestry or ethnicity, while about one in six were classified as sexual orientation-bias crimes and one in seven as religion-bias crimes.

Fewer than 12,000 of the country's nearly 19,000 law enforcement agencies reported hate crime data to the FBI in 2021, compared with more than 15,000 in 2020, largely due to the implementation of a new data reporting system in 2021. The missing police departments included those in New York and Los Angeles, the two biggest U.S. cities.

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