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Watchdog group requires Congress to analyze whether or not FBI is deflating hate crime stats

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Adam Kredo • January 3, 2023 5:00 am

The FBI’s newest annual report exhibits a decline in violence in opposition to Jews, findings which can be at odds with Jewish watchdog teams who say anti-Semitic hate crimes have hit their highest ranges in historical past throughout the previous two years.

The FBI’s 2021 findings, launched on the finish of final 12 months, have sparked accusations the federal regulation enforcement company is deflating these statistics at a time when the American Jewish neighborhood is going through an unprecedented wave of anti-Semitism. No less than one watchdog group is looking on Congress to analyze how and why the FBI underreported anti-Jewish hate crimes.

“At a time of document anti-Semitic hate crimes, it’s appalling that the FBI’s data-gathering has been so badly botched,” stated Kenneth L. Marcus, chairman of the Louis D. Brandeis Heart for Human Rights Below Regulation, a watchdog group that combats Jew hatred. “This large failure has undermined the needs of hate crimes information exactly after we most want the information. If the FBI does not rapidly right this downside, congressional committees might want to ask some severe questions.”

Marcus stated the FBI’s 2021 statistics on hate crimes in opposition to Jews are “primarily ineffective” attributable to new reporting procedures that omitted statistics from organizations sometimes included within the federal company’s yearly evaluation. Whereas the FBI claimed that violence in opposition to Jews decreased final 12 months, teams such because the Anti-Defamation League reported that 2021 noticed the best ranges of anti-Semitic violence on document. A report from the AMCHA Initiative, a Jewish advocacy group, final 12 months found that assaults on Jewish college students and their identities doubled within the 2021 and 2022 tutorial 12 months.

Marcus, an legal professional and former employees director of the United States Fee on Civil Rights, stated the FBI’s inaccurate reporting is prone to immediate congressional oversight.

“In my expertise overseeing federal civil rights information collections, congressional committees have traditionally taken a eager curiosity within the completeness and accuracy of governmental info supplied to the general public,” Marcus advised the Washington Free Beacon. “It’s arduous to think about {that a} failure of this scope would escape the discover of congressional oversight employees.”

“I’m hopeful that the Division of Justice and FBI will clear up this mess on their very own,” Marcus stated. “If DOJ and the FBI don’t repair this downside, nevertheless, by offering corrected and full information to the general public, we shouldn’t be stunned if Congress ought to become involved.”

An FBI spokesman acknowledged the 2021 report was missing info from a number of businesses throughout the nation. The spokesman blamed this lapse on a shift in how statistics are collected. As a result of this transformation, many regulation enforcement businesses didn’t submit their hate crime info in time for the FBI to incorporate it in the newest report.

“Regulation enforcement company participation in submitting all crime statistics, together with hate crimes, fell considerably from 2020 to 2021,” the FBI spokesman stated, referring the Washington Free Beacon to a Dec. 12 press release on the matter that features related claims. “A number of of the nation’s largest regulation enforcement businesses, in addition to some states, didn’t make the transition to [the new system] in time to submit information previous to the reporting deadline, and usually are not included within the 2021 reported totals.”

The Brandeis Heart reviewed the FBI’s earlier reporting and located that in 2020, as an illustration, greater than 15,000 businesses supplied hate crimes information. In 2021, nevertheless, simply 11,883 businesses supplied statistics, a 20 p.c drop. This seems to have created the impression that hate crimes in opposition to Jewish folks declined, though they rose.

A number of the businesses that omitted information from the newest report are based mostly in areas with the best focus of Jews, together with California, Florida, New Jersey, and New York, based on the Brandeis Heart. No less than 198 anti-Semitic hate crimes occurred in New York throughout 2021, however none of them have been included within the FBI’s ultimate report. Los Angeles County, which additionally reported an increase in anti-Semitic violence, is also omitted from the FBI’s report.

“The issue is so unhealthy,” Marcus stated, “that record-high ranges of anti-Semitism seem within the official information as precise declines, as a result of main jurisdictions didn’t formally report it.”

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