|December 31, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Bondi's Office today released the 2012 Hate Crimes in Florida Report, which includes detailed information on the types of hate crimes being committed throughout the state. During the 2012 calendar year, 170 hate crimes were reported by 69 of the 402 local law enforcement agencies that provide data to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement through the Uniform Crime Reporting information system.
During 2012, the alleged motivating factors behind the reported hate crimes were as follows:
- Race/Color represented 54.1 percent;
- Sexual orientation represented 28.8 percent;
- Religion represented 10 percent;
- Ethnicity/national origin represented 6.5 percent; and
- Mental disability represented 0.6 percent.
The Attorney General’s Office of Civil Rights, which publishes the report, conducts hate crimes training for law enforcement and participates in community outreach programs that help the public recognize hate crimes, understand how the law protects victims of hate crimes, and understand how such crimes affect Florida’s communities. To view the report, follow this link: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/KGRG-9EWMZA/$file/2012HateCrimesReport.pdf