Tenn. Hate Crime Stats Beat National Average

Nov 15, 2011

The FBI says the level of hate crime reported by police around the country remained about the same in 2010 compared with the previous year.

The bureau says just over 6,600 hate crime incidents were reported to the FBI, up by just 24 incidents over 2009.

Tennessee apparently doing much better than the national average.

Kristin Helm, a spokesperson for the The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, says hate crimes in Tennessee decreased by about 20 percent from 2009 levels.

Helm cautions, however, that the TBI and the FBI report statistics differently and so the FBI numbers likely won’t show the same rate of decrease. 

Anti-African American hate crimes continue to be the most common offense in Tennessee.