In November, a 33-year-old white man allegedly pointed a gun at a 37-year-old Hispanic man in Montgomery County and said he was going to kill the victim and his family, police said. The man said he voted for Donald Trump and the victim needed to leave the country, police said. The man was arrested.
Reports in Anne Arundel County more than doubled, from 22 to 47.Baltimore had only seven incidents, up from four in 2015.
State law defines hate or bias incidents as those directed against an individual or group because of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender, gender identity, or homelessness.
As in the past several years, the leading targets were African-Americans. Reports of incidents against African Americans accounted for 43 percent of the total.
Nearly 80 reports involved racial slurs. Forty involved swastikas, the Nazi symbol used against Jews.
About half of the reports involved some kind of alleged assault or vandalism. The other half involved verbal or written intimidation.
Each county's figures includes reports to multiple law enforcement agencies. Baltimore County's total, for example, includes reports to the Baltimore County Police and the campus police departments at Towson University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, among others.
Of the 285 reports, the state police said, 93 were verified through police investigations, 179 were inconclusive, meaning an investigation could not determine either the motivation behind the incident or whether it occurred, and 13 were unfounded, meaning an investigation found eitherthat it did not occur or that it was not motivated by hate or bias.
The numbers do not include the hate charge brought this week against the white University of Maryland student accused of stabbing a black Bowie State University student to death in College Park in June.
Sean Urbanski was already charged with murder in the death of Army 2nd Lt. Richard W. Collins III. Collins was days from graduating from Bowie State when he was attacked.
Police initially said race did not appear to play a role in the killing. But then investigators said they discovered Urbanski belonged to a Facebook group called Alt Reich: Nation, on which members shared white supremacist memes. A Prince George's County grand jury added the hate crime charge this week.
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