New York Hate Crimes Rose in 2010, New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer Comments


New York civil rights lawyer David Perecman comments on the 2010 annual report on hate crime in New York State made available to New York civil rights violation lawyers by the Division of Criminal Justice Services.

According to the report, hate crimes in New York were up by 2% in 2010 compared with 2009. There were 699 hate crimes in total statewide, 16 more than in 2009.

Fifty percent of the hate crime incidents in 2010 took place in NYC. This reflects a 27% increase from 2009 in New York City hate crimes. The rest of New York experienced a 14 percent drop in hate crimes.

Outside of New York City, five counties accounted for 63 percent of all hate crime incidents and 54 percent of the arrests on hate crime charges that were reported last year.

“In New York there are many groups of people that disagree on political, social, or religious issues. Hate crimes are never a justifiable response to perceived differences. In a city as diverse as New York,” civil rights violation lawyer Perecman said, “understanding is important and standards of civility must be heightened.”

The hate crime total included 460 crimes against people and 239 against property. The majority of reported hate crimes against people were simple assault and intimidation crimes based on racial, ethnic, religious, and sex biases. Property destruction, damage or vandalism accounted for the majority of crimes against property.

The most commonly reported types of bias motivation in hate crime incidents involved race or ethnicity, followed by religion and sexual orientation.

It is essential to prevent hate crimes and other civil rights violations in New York. Civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm encourage victims of hate crimes to contact them.

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