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D.C. Council To Scrutinize Hate Crime Reporting

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In D.C., nearly 85 percent of hate crimes reported to law enforcement are based on the victim's sexual orientation, according to the most recent statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Later this week, D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson will hold a hearing to look at whether there has been an increase in bias crimes based on sexual orientation or if police are doing a better job of tracking these crimes.

Mendelson says there are also continuing concerns about how police deal with hate crime issues.

"They need to identify hate crimes as hate crimes, instead of gloss over them," Mendelson says. "And we need to see whether victims of crimes who are victims because it's hate-based are not afraid to come out and report the crime."

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. before the council's Committee on the Judiciary.

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