slides: 10 Oregon Towns with the Most Hate Crimes in 2013
Friday, December 12, 2014
The data in the report was compiled from self-reported statistics from 2013. Twelve Oregon cities and six counties submitted their records.
Slideshow Below: Oregon Towns with the Most Hate Crimes
This was the first year, that the crimes were broken down by motivation, which included bias against race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity. Overall, 66 hate crimes were reported to the FBI from across the state.
Hate crimes in Oregon are relatively rare, and can range from property crimes to assault.
On Friday December 5th Lee Hayward, 44, reported to police that he was beaten by two of his coworkers in downtown Portland because he was gay.
However, in 2013, The City of Portland only reported 6 bias-based crimes across all categories. The neighboring city of Tigard, reported 9, comparatively high for a community of a little over 50,000.
Tigard saw 8 racially motivated hate crimes, and one crime based on ethnicity, last year. Most of the incidents were property damage and included graffiti of swastikas and racial epiphytes.
One incident was an assault of a black man who was attacked at a bar because he was with a white woman, according to Jim Wolf, Tigard Police spokesman.
Wolf said that he didn’t think that the FBI statistics were remarkable.
“Most if not all suburban areas in the metro area would likely have similar types of incidences,” Wolf said. “I don't see any factors that would point to any particular problem in Tigard.”
The only other city in the Portland metro area to make the FBI hate crime list was Beaverton, with one incident in 2013. Portland had the lowest per capita hate crime rate in 2013, with .01 hate crimes per 1,000 residents.
Sgt Pete Simpson, spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, was not surprised by the low rate of bias crimes in the city.
“Portland is very diverse city. People here are very accepting and supportive of difference,” Simpson said. “We [police] also take these crimes very seriously. There is a zero tolerance for that sort of thing here. It’s all part of what makes it a great city.”
New Data Reveals Motivations
This year’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data bias crime motivation in response to the Matthew Shepard James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, according to the Bureau.
The purpose of the Hate Crime Statistics Program is to gain additional insight into the nature of these crimes and some information about the victims and offenders. The report stated that, "hate crimes are not separate, distinct crimes; instead, they are traditional offenses motivated by the offender’s bias (for example, an offender assaults a victim because of a bias against the victim’s race)."
Related Slideshow: Top 10 Oregon Cities for Hate Crimes
Every year, the FBI releases hate crime statistics from around the state. Check out what the worst towns for hate crimes were in 2013.