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Indicator 3 0 : Bias crimes
Goal: All people will be welcomed, respected and able to participate fully in Minnesota's communities and economy. The promise of inclusion of all people is embedded in Minnesota's heritage as well as in federal and state law. The goal encourages pride in ethnic heritage and endorses opportunity for all without consideration of race, sex or ability. This is increasingly important as Minnesota's workplaces, schools, and communities grow in diversity.
Rationale: Incidents of bias or hate crimes are harmful not only to the individual victims, but also to Minnesota communities and neighborhoods. They indicate a lack of acceptance of the increasing diversity of Minnesota's communities.Reported bias crimes, total
Data source: Minnesota Department of Public SafetyReported bias crimes, based on race or national origin
Data source: Minnesota Department of Public SafetyReported bias crimes, based on sexual orientation
Data source: Minnesota Department of Public SafetyReported bias crimes, based on religion
Data source: Minnesota Department of Public SafetyReported bias crimes, based on age, sex or disability
Data source: Minnesota Department of Public Safety
About this indicator: The number of reported bias crimes has fluctuated in the last decade.
Changes in reported bias crimes may reflect a change in reporting practices and procedures. Many bias crimes may go unreported or unlabeled as bias related. Some undocumented immigrants may not report being a victim of crime for fear of being reported to immigration officials. Other reasons may include a fear of reprisal by their attackers, a personal mistrust of law enforcement officers or a sense that redress is not attainable.
For comparison: Nationally, bias crimes reported to the FBI in 2000 rose two percent from the previous year. Of the 9,430 hate crime victims reported in 2000 in the United States, 55 percent were targeted because of race. In Minnesota, there was a 20 percent decrease in reported bias offenses from 1999 to 2000.
Things to think about: Leaders of some immigrant and ethnic communities in Minnesota have publicly expressed concerns about the increased potential for bias crime since the terrorist events of September 11, 2001.
Technical notes: Law enforcement agencies file monthly reports of bias crimes with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which reports data annually to the state legislature and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.
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