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FBI data shows decrease in hate crimes in Maryland, but State Police says numbers are flawed

FBI data shows decrease in hate crimes in Maryland, but State Police says numbers are flawed

The number of hate crimes rose nearly 5 percent across the country in 2016, according to new data released by the FBI this past week. It marks the second year in a row hate crimes have increased.

In Maryland, however, hate crimes have decreased 14 percent, according to the data.

Experts caution there is a big caveat with the FBI data: It’s based on voluntary reporting from more than 15,000 police agencies across the country, and hate crimes generally are underreported to police.

Maryland’s figures are a case in point, according to Maryland State Police, which collects crime reports on behalf of law enforcement agencies across the state and sends them to the...

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