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Patchy reporting undercuts national hate crimes count

9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago June 05, 2016 Jun 5, 2016 Sunday, June 05 2016 June 05, 2016 1:56 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

An Associated Press investigation finds that more than 2,700 city police and county sheriff's departments have not filed a single hate crime report with the FBI over the last six years. And thousands more had gaps in reporting.

Each year, the FBI issues a report on the number of hate crimes in the U.S. It's based on reports submitted voluntary by law enforcement agencies.

Some of the non-reporting agencies say they thought they were reporting, while others thought they didn't have to file.

Activists worry the lack of a comprehensive count masks the true scope of hate in the U.S. at a time of heightened racial, religious and ethnic tensions.

The FBI has called on all law enforcement agencies to be more aggressive in tracking and reporting hate crimes.

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