FBI Reports on Hate Crimes against People with Disabilities, Others
The FBI has released 2009 statistics showing that 6,604 criminal incidents were reported as a result of bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin or physical or mental disability. Hate Crime Statistics, 2009 includes data from hate crime reports submitted by law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. The data show that 74 individuals were targets because of an anti-mental disability bias and that 25 were targeted because of an anti-physical disability bias. It is a federal offense to commit a crime against a person with an actual or perceived disability.