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Florida Hate Crimes Hit 2-Decade Low in 2009

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Florida's 148 hate crimes in 2009 are a
record low since the state began tracking them two decades ago in
1990.

An annual report Friday by the attorney general's office says
last year's figure is 114 below the 262 annual average.

Data submitted by law enforcement agencies across the state
shows 54 percent of all reported hate crimes were motivated by
race, 22 percent by sexual orientation, 14 percent by religion and
9.5 percent by ethnicity or national origin.

No hate crimes were reported due to mental or physical
disability or advanced age.

A new law that went into effect Oct. 1 adds homeless people to
the list of potential hate crime victims, but those statistics
won't begin showing up until next year's report.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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