Hate crimes rise in Nashville area, fall statewide
Hate crimes in 2010 were down across the state but up in the Nashville area, according to statistics released Thursday.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported a 21 percent drop in reported hate crimes across the state, with nearly all categories taking significant dives. Racially motivated crimes increased slightly, according to the report.
Davidson County had 10 hate crimes reported in 2010 compared with 7 the prior year, but Rutherford and Sumner counties saw significant jumps, the latter plagued by a short-lived hate group.
“Even though hate crime makes up a very small percentage of crime in the state overall, even one person being victimized because of who they are or what they believe in is one too many,” said Kristin Helm, spokeswoman for the TBI.