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2009 Saw Most Federal Hate Crime Cases Since 2001

Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 02:17 PM

 

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The Justice Department has brought more federal hate crimes cases this year than in any year since 2001, and an Obama administration official said Thursday he was "shocked" by the dropoff in prosecutions during the Bush years.

A total of 25 hate crime cases were filed for the budget year that ended in September, encompassing most of President Barack Obama's first year in office and the last few months of the Bush administration.

In 2001, there were 31 such cases filed. The number fell to a low of 12 in 2006, before starting to rise again, reaching 23 in 2008.

"I was rather shocked to see the downtick in prosecutions of hate crimes," said Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department's civil rights divisions.

Speaking to reporters, Perez noted the number of hate crimes did not fall significantly during that period, but refused to say why he thought the federal prosecutions of such cases dropped.

Democrats harshly criticized the civil rights division during George W. Bush's presidency, saying lawyers there were not aggressively investigating hate crimes, housing and employment discrimination, or police misconduct cases.

An internal Justice Department investigation found the division at that time was plagued by improper, politically motivated hiring and personnel decisions.

Perez spoke two days after his division announced federal indictments in its investigation of the fatal beating of a Mexican immigrant in Shenandoah, Pa.

In that case, authorities charged two teenagers with the attack, and four police officers were indicted on a variety of charges. Three of the officers were accused of conspiring to obstruct the investigation of the case, and a fourth was charged in a separate case, accused of extortion.

Perez would not say if authorities were aware that two of the police officials they have charged were also named in a 2006 civil lawsuit that claimed police beat to death a Hispanic teenager, then made it look like a suicide. That case has yet to go to trial.

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