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DOJ Concerned About ‘Gap’ in Hate-Crime Statistics, Rosenstein Says

  • Lack of reports doesn’t mean crimes aren’t happening, he says
  • Justice Department funds a study, provides hate-crime website
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Two days after the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the Justice Department is concerned about a “gap in hate-crime statistics.”

“According to the latest FBI Uniform Crime Report, 88 percent of agencies that provide hate-crimes data to the FBI reported zero hate crimes in 2016,” Rosenstein told a conference Monday on such attacks that was scheduled before the shootings that left 11 people dead. “We are reviewing the accuracy of those reports. Moreover, simply because hate crimes are not reported does not mean they are not happening.”