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Washington, D.C. has the highest rate of hate crimes per capita of any major city in U.S

Washington Post: “…The Post examined all 204 incidents investigated by police as hate crimes [in 2018], interviewing two dozen victims and a handful of suspects. What emerged was a portrait of pervasive bigotry and violence: gay men and women assaulted on the street, transgender people threatened by strangers, African Americans taunted with slurs, Muslims harassed for wearing headscarves, synagogues subjected to anti-Semitic calls. Roughly half were violent crimes ranging from robbery to sexual abuse to assault, which was the most common offense. Yet most suspected hate crimes go unpunished in the District. Despite a strong push by police to identify and investigate bias-motivated incidents, there were no arrests in roughly two-thirds of the cases, The Post found. Of the adult suspects identified, just 55 faced charges of any kind. None has been convicted of a hate crime….” [The research for this article is based on the work of Brian Levin, Esq. Director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, Professor of Criminal Justice California State University, San Bernardino]

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