Study: Minnesota Agencies Report Few Hate Crimes
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A newspaper examination of last year's hate crime reports in
Minnesota found several high profile incidents missing.
The Star Tribune's study found no mention of last summer's Bloomington mosque bombing.
A November FBI report found that nearly two-thirds of the state's law
enforcement agencies reported no hate crimes in their jurisdictions in 2016.
Victims, advocates, and federal officials say inconsistency about what constitutes a hate crime and a general unwillingness among many victims to report such crimes may be contributing to the lack of reports.
U.S. Attorney Greg Brooker says having accurate records can help law enforcement better advocate for preventative resources and prosecute hate crimes.
Twin Cities officials and nonprofits are working to provide additional resources and outlets for reporting hate crimes, such as a hotline in Minneapolis.