What is a hate crime?

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Hate crimes are motivated, at least in part, by hate or bias, or where the victim is targeted selected, or chosen for the crime, at least in part, because of a person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, or ethnic background, or because the targeted person has a disability. A hate crime may involve, but is not limited to, an act of bodily injury, attempt to cause bodily injury, threat of bodily harm, physical or mental intimidation, or damage to another’s property.

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