According to data released by the NYPD, there were more hate crimes in the first half of this year compared to all of last year in New York City, reports Newsweek. In total there have been more than 320 hate crime incidents in the city as of July 4th of this year. That’s more than 50 hate crime incidents compared to last year which came in at 269.
The biggest jump in hate crime incidents this year was against Asians. There were four hate crimes against Asians reported to police last year but that jumped to 104 this year. Asians were the second most targeted group this year behind Jewish people who saw 111 hate crime incidents.
“Keeping all New Yorkers safe is what drives us, and your police officers are working with community members around the clock to do just that,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement as the new crime statistics were released. “Through targeted deployment and collaborative efforts with those we serve, the department continues in its mission to stamp out criminal activity and hold those who commit acts of violence to account.”