Hate crimes spike: FBI reports 8-percent increase

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By Carol A. Clark

A rise in hate crimes based on sexual orientation underscores the need for hate crime legislation to be presented to and signed by President George W. Bush, according to a recent FBI report. The report states the incidence of bias-motivated crimes increased by 8 percent in 2006.Det. DeWayne Williams said during a telephone conversation this week that in his 13 years with the Los Alamos Police Department, he does not recall a single hate crime incident.“The definition of a hate crime is that the crime is motivated by race, religion or sexual preference and I don't recall any crimes fitting that definition occurring during my tenure here,” Williams said.Police Chief Wayne Torpy praised local residents for not engaging in hate crimes. “The same benefits of the demographics of our community that make it a low-crime community also make it a no-hate-crime community,” Torpy said. “With higher education, people process things better and don’t engage in that type of discriminatory behavior. We have so many people living here from all over the world, practicing many different religions – it’s a melting pot and to everyone’s credit they respect the differences between them.”FBI statistics show that since 1991 more than 100,000 hate crime offenses have been reported nationwide.

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