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‘Hate/bias’ incidents decline in Hamilton according to latest police statistics

The 2018 hate crimes report will be presented to Hamilton's police services board on Thursday.
The 2018 hate crimes report will be presented to Hamilton's police services board on Thursday. Ken Mann/CHML File

Hamilton Police are reporting a modest decrease in incidents with “hate/bias overtones.”

An annual report, to be presented to the city’s police services board on Thursday afternoon, says there were five hate crimes in Hamilton last year which matches the number from 2017.

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Det. Paul Corrigan says the number of incidents with hate/bias overtones, which police suspect but can’t prove were motivated by prejudices, dropped to 125 from 136.

In explaining the difference, Corrigan says that if somebody is assaulted because of their religion or ethnicity, that’s a race crime. He adds that graffiti on a building that includes a racial slur is not a hate crime since “we can’t prove the motivation.”

LISTEN BELOW: Hamilton police Detective Paul Corrigan from the hate crimes unit talks to Global News Radio 900 CHML’s Bill Kelly

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Corrigan says the most frequently targeted group continues to be the black community, accounting for 41 incidents in 2018, while the Jewish community was targeted 30 times last year, representing a 25 per cent increase.

 

A report from Hamilton’s police services board says there were five hate crimes in Hamilton last year which matches the number from 2017.
A report from Hamilton’s police services board says there were five hate crimes in Hamilton last year which matches the number from 2017. Hamilton Police Service

 

Breakdown of hate/bias crimes in relation to hate/bias incidents reported annually
Breakdown of hate/bias crimes in relation to hate/bias incidents reported annually Hamilton Police Service