February 26, 2020

NYPD: 83% Increase in NYC Hate Crimes in 2019

Photo from Pixabay.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) released data on May 28 stating that hate crimes in New York City have increased by 83 percent so far in 2019.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the NYPD received 176 hate crime complaints from January 1 to May 19; Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt noted in a tweet 59 percent of the aforementioned complaints were anti-Semitic hate crimes.

“Troubling findings out of one of the country’s most diverse cities,” Greenblatt wrote.

Among the anti-Semitic hate crimes that have occurred in 2019 include a Ruth Bader Ginsburg poster in a New York City subway station being vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti in March and a Jewish man being punched in the chest while walking on a street in Brooklyn in January.

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson told the Wall Street Journal, “We have an anti-Semitism crisis in New York. It’s a national problem, but New York accounts for way too many incidents.”