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NYPD Links Hate Crimes Increase to 2016 Presidential Campaign

  • Post-election incidents are up 42% compared with last year
  • NYC Mayor de Blasio has blamed Trump’s rhetoric for the trend

Hate crimes in New York City, particularly against Jews, have spiked in the past 100 days, a trend police officials say is probably connected to ethnic bias and xenophobia that emerged during the 2016 election campaign.

Between the Nov. 8 election and Feb. 19, the New York Police Department received 143 hate-crime complaints, 42 percent more than during the same period a year earlier. Seventy-two of the post-election offenses targeted Jews, compared with 39 a year earlier, according to data provided by the department.