Chicago Sees Rise in Hate Crimes

ABC 7 Eyewitness News
Article Source: ABC 7 Eyewitness News

Article Source: ABC 7 Eyewitness News

  • Chicago has seen a significant increase in reported hate crimes, surpassing the total for 2022 by October 2023.
  • The surge is not solely attributed to the Israel-Hamas War, but various threats over the past couple of years, according to Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly.
  • In 2023, there have been 256 reported hate crimes as of October 31, compared to 206 for the entire year of 2022.
  • Anti-Jewish hate crimes are approaching last year’s total, while anti-Muslim hate crimes have already surpassed three times the number reported in 2022.
  • Reported hate crimes against other groups, including anti-Black, anti-gay (Male), anti-Hispanic/Latino, anti-Islamic, and anti-lesbian, have also increased.
  • Law enforcement experts note that hate crimes are often underreported, and initiatives like the FBI’s counter-hate crime initiative aim to address this issue.  Read More

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