From 2000 through 2010, most hate crimes in King County involved intimidation or vandalism.
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. From 2000 through 2010, the majority of hate crimes (between 61% and 85%) were classified as either intimidation or vandalism.
- In the context of hate crimes, intimidation is defined as unlawfully making a person fear bodily harm “… through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct, but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.”
- Vandalism is intentional destruction or damage of another person’s property.
- The balance of hate crime offenses in King County were classified as simple or aggravated assault. Aggravated assault is distinguished from simple assault by the use of a weapon or means likely to produce death or serious injury.
- One hate crime murder has occurred in King County since 1995, when recording of hate crime data began. This murder was committed in 2005.