According to the latest data, detectives received 60 hate crime reports in the first half of 2014. Of those, 20 rose to the level of malicious harassment. Another 30 crimes had elements of bias. Detectives said the most likely victims come from Seattle's gay community.And the incidents are believed to be getting more serious;
"The anti-gay and lesbian category represents the most frequent bias crime in our city," said Lt. Michael Kebba, adding that it accounts for 35 percent of all incidents.
Shaun Knittel with Social Outreach Seattle....who also writes for the Seattle Gay News, said even if bias crime numbers are holding steady, the attacks themselves are more violent.We wonder if Knittel spoke out against the treatment afforded prominent gay-basher (literally), the late Trayvon Martin in Florida a few months ago. We at HSIB are unaware of any support offered to victim George Zimmerman, who acted in self-defense against the homophobic teenager Martin.
"As far as the crime, the numbers may not be worse, but (it's) the way the criminals have acted," Knittel said.