What is a “hate crime” in Florida?

A “hate crime” is defined by the Florida Attorney General is an act committed by a person or grout against someone that shows an expression of hatred towards the victim based on
1. Race
2. Color
3. Religion
4. Ethnicity
5. Ancestry
6. National Origin
7. Sexual Orientation
8. Age
9. Physical or Mental Disability
According to the 2006 Hate Crimes in Florida Report, 92 Florida law enforcement agencies reported hate crimes in 2006. In 2005, it was higher with 260 law agencies reporting hate crimes.

During 2006, the largest reason behind the crimes was race at 55.2%. The others were sexual orientation at 18.1%, religion at 13.5%, and national origin/ethnicity at 13.1%.

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