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45% of recent hate crimes in King County were racially motivated.

Crime diminishes the health of our communities through fear, erosion of community cohesion, diversion of public resources, property damage, injury, incarceration, and death. 

Criminal offenses are designated as hate crimes when an investigation reveals enough evidence to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the offender's actions were motivated by bias against the victim's race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or gender.  Until recently, more than half of all hate crimes in King County were racially motivated.

  • In the most recent 5-year average of data on motivation, racial bias accounted for 45% of offenses.
  • Disability was reported as the motivation for 1% of hate crimes.
  • Motivation for the remaining 54% of hate crimes were fairly evenly divided among religion, ethnicity/national origin, and sexual orientation.
  • No hate crimes motivated by gender bias were reported between 1999 and 2011. Although some rapes and domestic violence crimes may be motivated by gender bias, these offenses are not counted as hate crimes against women unless there is evidence that the offender targeted the victim based on hatred for her gender.