The Baltimore Sun found that reports of hate crimes are on the rise in Maryland after a review of hundreds of pages of documents. Hate crimes increased 35% since 2016, the paper found, and rose to a pace of more than one report per day.
The statewide increase echoes a national trend. And while authorities can’t confirm every report, and concluded that a handful were unfounded, experts believe the reports still don’t cover many incidents.
In reporting the story, the newspaper built a database of the nearly 700 incident reports collected from state and local police in the last two years. Police verified nearly half of the reports, meaning authorities determined hate or bias was the motivation for the crime. And most reports aren’t counted in federal hate crime statistics, either: Police forward only verified reports to the FBI, so more than half of the incidents reported to Maryland police don’t make it into federal totals.