UPDATED 7:28 AM PT — Friday, May 3, 2019
New York Police Department officials say hate crimes in the city have increased 67-percent since the beginning of the year.
At a press conference Thursday, the NYPD released their monthly crime statistics. Officials noted the sharp spike in hate crimes throughout the city.
The department reported an 82-percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes. NYPD officials said hate crimes have no place in the city, and law enforcement is cracking down on religiously motivated attacks.
“There is a zero tolerance in New York City for hate of any kind, whether it’s anti-Semitic, anti-religion, anti-gender or any other kind. We have an increase in arrests, just this year, of over 100-percent in hate crime arrests affected by our hate crimes task force. So, I think that is a good symbolism right there of the dedication of our hate crimes unit.” — Terence A. Monahan , Chief of Department – NYPD
In addition to hate crimes fueled by religion, NYPD also saw an increase in hate crimes based on sexual orientation.