The FBI recorded a drop in hate crimes in 2021, but the year’s tally may not give a true account of hate crimes in the United States as thousands of law enforcement agencies were absent from the accounting.
The FBI annualized collection of data from law enforcement agencies saw 7,262 crimes motivated by race, religion, gender or other factors last year. That’s a decrease from 8,263 incidents in 2020. But those numbers offer misleading conclusions as they are drawn from a pool of 3,255 fewer law enforcement agencies.
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