Florida attorney general reports rise in hate crimes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida counties reported the year 2012 saw the greatest number of hate crimes in nearly four years, according to documents released Tuesday from Attorney General Pam Bondi's office.
The report states 170 hate crimes occurred and were usually provoked by race.
The increase represents an uptick of more than 22 percent from the number of hate crimes reported in 2011.
Local counties accounted for 33 of the 170 crimes.
Orange County reported 32 hate crimes -- the most out of any county in the state.
The report does not explain what the state's top law enforcement officers believe is the cause for the recent increase.The report states 170 hate crimes occurred and were usually provoked by race.
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