Phoenix Hate Crimes Rise 125 Percent from 2006 to 2010

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Recently obtained statistics from the Phoenix Police Department show that hate crime in Arizona's most populous city continues its upward trend, with a 17.4 percent jump in bias incidents from 2009 to 2010.

The PPD reported 115 such incidents in 2009. In 2010, there were 135.

The gain is at least smaller than last year's spike of nearly 30 percent from 2008 to 2009. In 2008, the PPD reported 89 hate crimes, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reports.

Hate crimes have been increasing steadily since 2006, when there were 60 hate crimes reported by the PPD to the FBI. In 2007, there were 80. This means that from 2006 to 2010, the numbers have more than doubled, a whopping 125 percent increase.

Though I don't have the statewide data for 2010 yet, last year I noted in this blog that hate crimes have been up in Arizona overall, bucking a national trend showing a decrease in such crimes, according to the FBI.

Traditionally, bias incidents are under-reported, though Phoenix tends to be better at documenting these crimes than some other localities.

Naysayers may bring up the recent controversy over the PPD's kidnapping numbers. However, the city panel that investigated those statistics found there were more kidnappings than had been reported by the PPD, not less. 

The PPD has a two-detective bias crimes unit, which also works graffiti cases.The definition the unit uses in classifying bias incidents states that,

"A hate crime is a criminal act against a person or property in which the perpetrator chooses the victim because of the victim's real or perceived race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or gender."

That "hate crime" label essentially allows prosecutors to seek increased sentencing, if a jury or a judge agrees that biased motivation was an aggravating factor in the crime. Hate crimes are particularly odious as they target an entire community on the basis of one or more of the factors listed above.

The stats for 2010 show anti-Black crimes to be the most common in Phoenix, with 40 such incidents. Next are anti-gay crimes, at 29, followed by anti-Hispanic, at 18, and anti-Jewish, at 14.

PPD spokesperson Steve Martos told me that bias crime detectives have "no discernable pattern" that would explain the rising numbers. However, they suggest that increased community outreach by the PPD could have led to a corresponding increase in bias incidents being reported. 

Another factor is a little more obvious, to me at least. 

The Grand Canyon State has a well-deserved reputation for being the "state of hate," what with its demonizing of the undocumented (who are mostly Latino) and the blanket atmosphere of intolerance that pervades Sand Land, a.k.a., "the white man's last stand.".

We can thank such politicos as state Senator Russell Pearce, Governor Jan Brewer, and Attorney General Tom Horne for helping to encourage this climate of bigotry.

But they are not responsible for it. They have merely capitalized on it. And it existed prior to the noxious rise in nativism here.

Indeed, the current numbers are not record-breaking. In 1997, the total number of hate crimes reported for Phoenix peaked at 217. The numbers declined in 1998 to 170 incidents. And dipped still further in 1999 to 139.

Additionally, I should point out that the incidence of hate crimes is higher in other states, but that doesn't let Arizona off the hook.

Because over the last four years we've seen hate crimes advance in this state's most populous city 125 percent, at a time when the national trend is in the opposite direction.

Ultimately, the blame is on the individuals who live here. Not that all of us commit hate crimes, of course. But too many of us are indifferent to them. And looking the other way feeds intolerance, just as an unwatched campfire can beget a forest-wide inferno.


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Burt
Burt

If you support the racism and hate crimes,one day you could become a victim,normally if you support corruption,it will get to you later. Because when a Cop is corrupt,and you are a witness of his acts,you could get killed,so do not support any kind of corruption,even if you bolieve that you get some benefits from it,because sooner or later they and you are going to pay for your crimes.

Jean
Jean

It's the pecking order, if we were all white there would be packs of misfits who would lash out against, any diversity or perceived notions. I've seen it in the hen house where any chick which is different in any manner is set upon, and pecked to death. The world's history books, are  full of Anglo conquer, and vanquish episodes. Woe, to all of you for the universe is full of unknownsand the masters now, may soon learn that they may be the servants. Or, much worse - dinner?

Brian
Brian

Did any of these comments mean anything?

Empxvaz
Empxvaz

Divide and Conquer victims falling ploy to politicans who want your vote to grease their palms.

In the mean time the anglo and the beaner make war or make love by which they are both defeated while the politician makes moolah.

So keep hurling the hate and don't you dare come complain when deep down inside you know your position is dead wrong.

Usgovfail
Usgovfail

What about hispanic hate crimes against whites? Of course this piece of shit rag would never bother to report that. What about Mexican crimes against our border patrol? Rags like this create hate crimes when they print biased racism and lies. The victims of hate crimes have new times and azcentral to thank.

Ps eat shit

Bobby
Bobby

I know I'm shaking many of you folks up. You need it desperately. You need a gadfly to give you other viewpoints. It's up to you to examine those if you care to. Easy enough it is to simply label me a racist,etc. But when do you go beyond that? Truth be told, I don't really give a rats ass about Arpaio, Brewer, or Pearce. You know why? They are actually such a small part of the issues you should be worrying about. I've tried to make you see the damage inflicted on all citizens by D.C.'s immigration policies. Ultimately, it's going to be up to you to decide what kind of society you want to live in. Peace.

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

It seems that republicans found their calling by campaigning on hate.  Is there any republican politician who hasn't paraded his or her hate for the cameras and the world to see lately?  Of course, they always call it something else, never what is so obvious to the rest of us - HATE.

What is even more disgusting is that these SOBs call themselves christians.  When did the rest of us get so fucked up that we actually call these hateful, vengeful, evil SOBs christian?  Having a moral center that is nothing more than a rotting carcass of filth and evil does not make someone christian.  The very presence of these hateful, vegeful, evil SOBs in their fraudulent christian churches is nothing more than a mockery of christ.  It doesn't matter what denomination you claim for yourself, if this is your moral center, you are no christian.

Pearce is a mormon, but that doesn't mean all mormons are evil.  I'm not sure what Arpio claims as his denomination, or JD, or Brewer, or any other republican politican, but what is certain, they all share the same rotting carcass of a moral center.

Venonacables
Venonacables

It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness.  Rather than speak ill of blacks or Mexicans, you should support American Third Position.  In October of this year, West Virginia will hold a special election.  Harry Bertram will be running for Governor of West Virginia on the A3P ticket.

Bobby
Bobby

Most of the "hate crimes" are against white Americans.

Bobby
Bobby

They meant different things to different people, according to the unique experiences they have had, their personal prejudices,( no one here has prejudices, however)I and other second hand knowledge they form judgements with. That's about all we can say about the topic of "Meaning".

Mistalee
Mistalee

 "Easy enough it is to simply label me a racist,etc."

Of course. Because it's glaringly obvious.

Mistalee
Mistalee

They're Christians, alright. Zombie cultists who practice ritual cannibalism, consuming what they think to be the flesh and blood of a 2,000 year old dead Jew in hopes of attaining immortality.  They believe that their God is perfect love, that he let the dead Jew be murdered horribly to prove his perfect love and that he will torture you forever in hell if you doubt his perfect love.

They are crazy as shithouse rats. Best to avoid them.

Guest23
Guest23

Heh, mormons scare the hell out of me. Anyone that buys into a prophet who god gave a special seer stone to, to read some tablets that only he ever saw is as wacko as the scientologists and their wacko alien god xenu. I question the intelligence of people who believe such balderdash. I agree they should be allowed to practice their crazy religion just don't cram it down my thoat with legislation based on crazy thinking. I feel the same about misguided christians, whose religion was cobbled together from myths of cultures and religions that preceded them. The ones that seem to cry the loudest about morality seem to be constantly caught doing immoral acts or things. I normally wouldn't care what they did sexually on their own time but the hypocrisy of so many xtrians that say do as I say (but not as I do)and legislate all the while breaking the laws themselves. Plus the fact that republicans are two faced... less govt when it comes to money but more govt when it comes to sex, drugs and morality.

It is hilarious that pearce has proved that his own ideas of instilling his kind of morality and family values doesn't work... just take a look at his own son... or maybe pearce preachs one thing and practices another, than that would explain both the sons and the fathers behavior.

Arpaio is either inept or corrupt, there is no reason he should still be in office. I wish I could afford to leave here.

Bobby
Bobby

Leftists are the biggest haters there are. They are easily as hatefull as those phony Christians you point out. They attack people at Tea Party meetings and like one leftist moron in California bit a mans finger off, they defaced churches as when they lost prop. 8 by a legitimate vote of the people, then they physically attacked people, I'VE NEVER SEEN THIS BEHAVIOR FROM EVEN THE MOST FAR PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT.

Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel

Im sorry, did I see that correctly? "Most of the hate crimes are against white Americans?" Where have you been for the past century?? It is a studied and PROVEN fact that most of the hate crimes have be orchestrated BY WHITE AMERICANS! By no way am I a racist, but lets just go with the facts: Slavery. Jim Crow Laws. Mississippi Burning. All orchestrated by WHITE AMERICANS. Im sorry, was that too far on the history time line for you? What about Travis Ricci? Does that name not ring a bell? The Neo-Nazi of Phoenix who commited the 2009 murder of Kelly Ann Jaeger for walking down the street with her BLACK boyfriend. So, Honey before you go posting idiotic things like "Most of the "hate crimes" are against white Americans." Please do some research. Ur making yourself sound more like an unintelligent bigot with every post.

anon
anon

The fbi sats don't appear to support that position. The only whites that seem to show up in the stats are jewish or gay. Are you relying on fbi or another agencies stats to support your opinion.

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

You're obviously also a believer that chickens have lips and that the world is flat.  Dumbass!

Bobby
Bobby

Then what are you exactly? I know, a hypocrit.

Bobby
Bobby

Anon, if you will honestly, with an open mind, examine leftist ideology, you will see how much it has in common with many of these nutty, even dangerous religious sects. I'm not advocating as an alternative conservatism, or any other ideology. I'm believe I'm speaking for the individual American and how screwed he/she has been by both the left and right in the political spectrum.

Bobby
Bobby

Mormons scare the hell out of me too. You see we actually have a lot in common, more than you people think.

Guest23
Guest23

Heh, right wing loonies have loonies have their fair share of wingnuts, esp here in Arizona. You don't seem to remember are the right wing anti abortion foes bombing and killing people. And I am far from a lefty. And so many teapartiers are just plain uneducated and dumb... over the weekend I watched a couple youtube videos of teapartiers who came out for palin booksignings and those they interviewed didn't have a clue about what palin stood for except in the most vague buzzwords manner they have picked up. It was worse than heavymetal parking lot. Reminded me of the documentary Jesus Camp, where parents who were dumb as rocks were homeschooling their children and teaching them science was of the devil... absolutely insane.

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

Really, you've never seen your Nazi bretheren act like what you described?  I'm certain the reason you haven't noticed this behavior in your lot is because you're a willing participant in it as well.  Look in the mirror!  Dumbass!

Venonacables
Venonacables

I think "loser geek" is a bit harsh.  The racially aware white population, like any population is distributed in a bell curve.  At the left tail of the bell curve we have the KKK and the skinheads.  At the right tail of the bell curve we have American Renaissance and the Charles Martel Society.  All these fragmented factions do not amount to a hill of beans if they do not have a political presence.  American Third Position proposes to unite these factions in a unified political front--similar to the way that Otto von Bismarck united the quarreling baronies of Germany into the Second Reich.

Bobby
Bobby

Maam, how's about we get to the present. As in now, with those people that are alive. I suggest you read the crime statistics involving black crime. It's open knowledge. Now this may not quite fit your paradigm, your present model of reality, but do it anyway. Then get back to us. Again, let's talk about today. We have all been schooled about the past. I don't appreciate, but I do expect being called a bigot by someone who's fixated on the past as you are. Two wrongs don't make a right. Do they?

Mistalee
Mistalee

Actually, Whites do show up on the FBI stats as hate crime victims. Whites comprise 17 percent of the victims of racially motivated hate crimes. Blacks comprise over 70 percent. So the short version is that Bobby is full of shit again. Most racially motivated hate crimes are against African-Americans.

Bobby
Bobby

I'm definetly NOT relying on the FBI statistics, which as people have already pointed out, are based on politics. AGain, that's why hispanic crime victims are listed as minorities, but hispanic perpetrators of crime are listed by the FBI as white. Interesting, wouldn't you say? SO BEFORE SOME OF YOU ANTI-WHITE BIGOTS KEEP SHOOTING YOUR PIE HOLES OFF, TRY UNDERSTANDING ISSUES LIKE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND OTHER DIABOLICAL CRAP THE LEFT HAS PERPETRATED ON YOU--IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE ENGLIGHTENED, AS YOU FALSELY THINK YOU ARE.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

He's already shed his thin veneer of decency. Ignore him. He's a nativist extremist who is now throwing racial epithets and whining about hate crimes against whites. Just another nut case without a life.

Bobby
Bobby

No I don't believe chickens have lips but I do believe your'e ignorant.

Bobby
Bobby

anon, I couldn't agree more with most of your post. Many teapartiers are uneducated and dumb. But there are many educated and thoughtfull people in the movement also. Afterall, one of the founding fathers, I don't remember which one, said democracy is too important to be left in the hands of the people.-James Madison? Anyway, there are dumb and uneducated people in the Democrat and Republican party that vote. Of what import to the issues that the tea party talks about does this have? None.

Bobby
Bobby

What is it with you, are you cutting and pasting on automatic? Your'e an idiot.

Bobby
Bobby

You're boring me clown.

Bobby
Bobby

Sure it is. Burro brain.

Bobby
Bobby

You phony full of sh-t clowns are never going to stop citizens from enforcing the laws of their country, obviously not your country.  

Bobby
Bobby

How about your ancestors, badges, we don't need to stinking badges. You look in the mirror, burro brain.

Bobby
Bobby

The American Third position has already been smeared as racist by the immense leftist media apparatus. It's irrelevant.

Bobby
Bobby

You are so nuts that it's not worth debating you. Anyone can look at the statistics concerning black on black crime. You just don't want to. Jesse Jackson, once walking home at night, kept hearing footsteps behind him. He admitted he became scared but when a white person passed him he admitted his relief. So afraid is he of black crime apparently. Is this topic politically incorrect? Sure it is. But so is hypocricy, that you are an obvious expert at. As I said, I'm a gadfly to you narrow minded people, and that's what you hate. Having your false weltanschaung shaken up. Too bad, it would make you a better person.

Mistalee
Mistalee

No, Bobby, you'll have to look long and hard to find racially motivated black-on-black hate crime. As anyone with the brains of a horsefly could instantly intuit.

Get therapy. 

Bobby
Bobby

That's because blacks commit the most crimes againsst other blacks. Correct, most crimes are against blacks by blacks, whether they're racially motivated by self hate or not. YOUR FULL OF SHIT--AGAIN. Good attempt at propagandizing though.

Bobby
Bobby

If the shoe fits.........

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