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Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Release A Ten-Year Analysis On Ethnic Intimidation Incidents
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police hosted a discussion of Ethnic Intimidation during the meeting of the FBI Greater Pittsburgh Civil Rights Working Group today. Pittsburgh Police Commander Eric Holmes serves as the Police Bureau’s liaison to the group and partnered with FBI Supervisory Special Agent Greg Heeb to coordinate this timely discussion. The Pittsburgh Police Crime Analysis Unit led by Dr. Heath Johnson, Crime Analyst Coordinator, released statistics and analysis on Ethnic Intimidation in the City of Pittsburgh.

Community leaders and representatives from the Greater Pittsburgh area received a ten-year analysis of Ethnic Intimidation incidents within the City of Pittsburgh. The Pennsylvania Crimes Code does not have specific “Hate Crime” charges but the term Ethnic Intimidation is used synonymously with the term Hate Crime.

The FBI defines Hate Crimes as “a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”

Under the Pennsylvania Ethnic Intimidation Crimes Code, sexual orientation is not covered. However; the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police tracks incidents involving sexual orientation.

Over a ten-year period, the City of Pittsburgh averaged 19 incidents per year and an average of eight violent Ethnic Intimidation incidents per year. The annual counts of incidents have remained steady over this ten-year period and are nearly evenly distributed throughout the neighborhoods.

City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Director, Wendell Hissrich said, “It is important for our residents to report potential crimes involving ethnic intimidation. The City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Department and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police take these reports very seriously because we want all residents to enjoy the quality of life that this city has to offer. Police will do everything possible to ensure those reporting incidents will be safe and protected.” The arrest rates for Ethnic Intimidation incidents average 40% with nearly 60% for violent incidents.

Other Key Findings:

* From January 1, 2008 to October 28, 2018 the distribution of Ethnic Intimidation Incidents are as follows: 76% of the incidents involved Race, 9% involved Ethnicity, 8% involved Religion, 6% involved Sexual Orientation, and 1% involved Disability.

* Racial animus is the most common contributor to Ethnic Intimidation charges, with the vast majority of those targeting African Americans.

“Any type of bias or Hate Crime is unacceptable and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is committed to thoroughly investigating and prosecuting anyone who violates the law. No one should ever have to live in a state of fear because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability,” Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert stated.

What can be done in the future to reduce the number of Ethnic Intimidation incidents in our area? To answer that question, today’s presenters shared current resources and discussed these key areas:

* The need to educate Law Enforcement and the community on recognizing Ethnic Intimidation.

* The need for more residents to report incidents of Ethnic Intimidation. If residents see an incident, report the incident.

* Enhance the public’s awareness of the issue and inform residents of the incidents.

* Enhance community involvement with awareness and education programs.

Police Chief Schubert added, “It is our hope that by continually sharing data with the public, we can draw more attention to the problem and work with the community to ensure violations are reported and investigated. By working together, we can prevent future occurrences of bias and hate. We owe it to everyone who lives, works or visits our beautiful city.”


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