Hate crimes are an embarrassment to a state and a city that pride themselves on their openness to diversity.
New York, New York (PRWEB) December 20, 2012
New York is among the most diverse cities in the United States. So it was somewhat surprising that New York ranked first among all U.S. cities in reported hate crimes in 2011, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) crime statistics report published in 2012. New York tops many lists, but topping this one is not a distinction to be proud of, said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman.
With 240 reported incidents for the year, New York City ranked above second place Boston (206) and third-place Los Angeles (170).
New York’s 2011 FBI data on hate crimes shows 134 of the 240 incidents reported were motivated by religious bias. Another 66 of the incidents were motivated by sexual orientation biases, 33 by racial bias and seven by ethnicity. No reported crimes were disability related.
The number of hate crimes in New York City reported to police in 2011 was lower than the previous year when 350 hate crimes incidents were reported.
New York State ranked second to California among all U.S. states in the number of hate crimes reported in 2011.
“Hate crimes are an embarrassment to a state and a city that pride themselves on their openness to diversity,” said Perecman.
The FBI has been collecting information on hate crimes for more than 20 years.
Overall, law enforcement agencies reported 6,222 hate crimes in 2011, involving 7254 offenses, according to the FBI’s national data. More than 7,700 individuals were victims of hate crimes. The data shows blacks, gay men, Jews and Hispanics were targeted more frequently than those of other races, sexual orientation, religion or ethnicity.
The FBI records the number of hate crimes reported as a result of bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or physical or mental disability.
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation including hate crimes can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of civil rights violation cases in New York including workplace discrimination. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."