NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says reports of hate crimes increased across the state last year.
The report released Monday says the number of criminal offenses motivated by a known bias grew to nearly 200 in 2017, an increase of nearly 11 percent. Citing the report, the Tennessean says that racial, ethnicity or ancestry bias was the known motivation for nearly 57 percent of the hate crimes.
Biases against black people made up nearly 38 percent of all known biases. Biases against those with disability accounted for 18 percent of the reported crimes, an increase from 6 victims in 2016 to 36 in 2017. About 5 percent of the crimes involved biases against Islam. Assault offenses were the most frequently reported.
- Report reveals hate crimes increase in Tennessee
- Rain increases Wednesday across the Tennessee Valley
- FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017
- White roommate in body fluids case avoids hate crimes charge
- 4 students charged with hate crime over racist graffiti
- LGBTQ activists demand inclusion in Alabama hate crime law
- Police: Tennessee man reported killing his wife
- Storm damage reported in Franklin County, Tennessee
- Flooding reports across the Tennessee Valley
- Early morning earthquake reported in Tennessee