Wednesday, December 29, 2004
The Attorney General of Florida has issued a report on hate crimes that occurred in the state during 2003. The report states that hate crimes fell by more than 10 pecent in 2003, and was the second lowest total since reporting began in 1991. The report also shows, however, an increase in hate crimes based on sexual orientation, and 2003 saw a higher number of hate crimes based on sexual orientation than any other year. In the last four years, more hate crimes were recorded based on sexual orientation than in the first eight years of reporting combined.
In an another hate-crimes story, a Missouri man who claimed that he was the victim of a hate crime, and that his attackers stabbed him in the stomach and attempted to cut the word "Fag" on his forehead, admitted that he cut himself and fabricated the charges. [Mark Godsey]