What is a hate crime?
A person is guilty of a hate crime offense if they maliciously and intentionally commit one of the acts listed below based on the attacker’s perception of a victim’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, or identity, or mental, physical, or sensory disability.
- Physical assault.
- Threats to a person or group of people that causes the victims to have "reasonable fear" that the attacker will cause physical injury or property damage.
- Damage or destruction of a victim's property.
What is a bias incident?
Acts of prejudice that are not criminal in nature and do not involve violence, threats, or property damage. Threatening words do not constitute a hate crime offense if it is apparent to the victim that the person does not have the ability to carry out the threat. Just because these incidents cannot be criminally charged does not mean they are not important to report. These kinds of incidents have negative impacts on whole communities and deserve to be elevated and understood by the public. Some examples of bias incidents include:
- Yelling profanity and insults;
- Distributing racist flyers in public places; and
- Displaying hateful materials on private property.
Below is historical data for hate and bias-related crimes reported in Bellevue.