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FBI: More than 450 hate crime incidents reported in Michigan last year

Posted: 11:35 AM, Nov 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-13 18:30:06Z

There were more than 450 hate crime incidents reported across Michigan last year, according to new statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

In all, there were 456 hate crime incidents across the state. Those break down to 311 race/ethnicity/ancestry incidents, 78 religious incidents, 57 sexual orientation incidents, two disability and eight gender-related incidents.

The data is submitted through the bureau's Uniform Crime Reporting Program and was submitted by 16,149 law enforcement agencies around the country.

According to the statistics, the area with the most incidents was Detroit, which had 41 total incidents. 22 of those were racial, two were religious, 15 were sexual orientation and two gender-related.

Blackman Township, which is located north of Jackson, had the second most incidents, 23, all of which were racial incidents.

The report also broke down the number of incidents at several universities and colleges across the state. 

Eastern Michigan University had three reports last year, all of which were racial, Grand Valley State had two, Michigan State, Oakland University and Saginaw Valley State University each had one.

According to the report, law enforcement agencies from around the country submitted incident reports involving 7,175 criminal incidents and 8,437 related offenses as hate crimes. Of those, 59.6 percent were targeted by race, 20.6 percent were targeted by religion, 15.8 percent by sexual orientation, 1.9 percent by disability an 1.6 percent by gender identity.