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Police: Jews most targeted group as NYC hate crimes rise

November 07, 2018 - 3:45 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD says there’s been more hate crimes in the city in recent weeks, particularly against Jewish people, compared to the same time last year.

The city had been on track to have a lower number of hate crimes in 2018 than in 2017, but incidents over the past month have led to a rise of 12 percent year over year, according to the NYPD.

One of the unsolved cases was in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea says police are looking for seven kids, between the ages of 12 and 14, who committed three hateful acts against Jewish people in the span of about 45 minutes.

A 14-year-old Hasidic boy was pushed and had his hat knocked off, a 10-year-old girl was thrown to the ground, and a pipe was tossed through a synagogue window, according to police.

Hate crimes against Jews in October saw a 29 percent increase year over year. 

This year there have been 309 reported hate crimes, with 159 targeting Jews. Hate crimes where anti-Semitism was the motivating factor were nearly quadruple that of the 40 hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation and the 37 motivated by racism against black people, according to police data.

Jewish, LGBTQ and black people were the most targeted groups overall, the data shows, followed by Muslims and white people.

Shea says a lot of work is being done to catch the culprits, including in the case of hateful graffiti scrawled on the African Burial Ground near Foley Square in lower Manhattan last week.

“We have a timeline. We know when it occurred,” he said. “We have extremely grainy video of that occurring and we’re beginning to track that person on video.”