The Anti-Defamation League reported 17 physical assaults including against a boy, a Holocaust survivor, an Orthodox Jew and a man returning from a synagogue; 440 incidents of vandalism and graffiti, including against homes, synagogues, Jewish schools, cemeteries and cars; an arson attack on a rabbi’s home; 469 cases of threats, including one bomb threat and a case where a pig’s head was placed above the door of a Jewish women’s college group (sorority).
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Report Data - USA - 2012
The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is a partner in a collaborative effort - the Police Data Initiative - that includes 54 state and local law enforcement agencies that have pledged to collect and share data on hate crimes in their communities with the public, some in real time. The data are shared through the initiative's website, which also includes practical tips, good practices and lessons learned, compiled in a recent publication from another partner, the Police Foundation, "Releasing Data on Hate Crimes: a Best Practices Guide for Law Enforcement Agencies."
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported three arson attacks, including two against a building owned by the local Islamic society and one against a Muslim family’s home; an incident where pigs’ legs were left at a planned site for a mosque; three incidents of property damage, including two against mosques, one of which also involved an assault, one involving paintballs being shot at the walls of the mosque and one involving a bottle of acid being thrown at a Muslim school; one incident where shots were fired at a local Muslim education centre; and two cases of desecration to the same cemetery.
Transgender Europe (TGEU) reported the murder of a transgender woman and the shooting of two transgender women resulting in serious injury.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Observatory reported two cases of vandalism against and graffiti on mosques, both involving windows being smashed; one case of threats to the director of an Islamic centre; one arson attack against a mosque; and one case of desecration of graves.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Observatory reported one case of multiple murders of worshippers in a shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people – five men and one woman – and wounding several others.
ODIHR observes that the United States has not reported on the numbers of prosecuted cases or information on sentenced hate crime cases to ODIHR.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) revised its Hate Crime Data Collection Guide and Training Manual to reflect recent changes to the law. The manual serves as a basis for training and awareness raising with law enforcement, and was developed with the assistance of civil society, local law enforcement and NGOs.
Official figures record 321 offences motivated by a religious bias, consisting of 79 anti-Catholic, 34 anti-Protestant, 107 "anti-other religion", 89 anti-multiple religions/group, and 12 "anti-atheism/agnosticism/etc."
Official figures record 1,318 offences motivated by bias against sexual orientation.