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Hate Crimes in Colorado

Reported Hate Crimes in Colorado Reach Record High in 2020 

According to the FBI’s annual hate crime report, bias-motivated crimes reported by Colorado law enforcement officials hit a record high of 281 reported offenses in 2020. Only 224 hate-crime reports were filed in 2019, while the previous record was 261 reports in 1992. 

Out of the 281 reported hate crimes, 182 cases involved race/ethnicity/ancestry, 48 cases involved sexual orientation, 34 cases involved religion, nine (9) cases were related to gender identity, five (5) cases were associated with disability, and three (3) cases had multiple reasons. 

The Denver Police Department (DPD) received 75 hate crime reports in 2020. While there were 80 reported crimes in 2019, only 57 were reported in 2018. 

However, the data is still considerably underreported because not all hate crimes are reported to the police. 

Common Examples of Bias-Motived Crimes 

Hate crimes are known as bias-motivated crimes in Colorado. A bias-motivated crime is defined as a criminal offense that is motivated by bias against a protected class (e.g., race, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, etc.). 

Common examples of hate crimes include: 

Hate Crime Penalties in Colorado 

A bias-motivated crime involving property damage/destruction, or threats of imminent violence or property damage/destruction is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 18 months and/or a fine of up to $5,000. 

A bias-motived crime involving assault causing bodily injury is a Class 5 felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to three (3) years and/or a maximum fine of $100,000. If another person helps the offender or also commits the offense, the charge is a Class 4 felony, which carries a maximum prison term of six (6) years and/or a fine of up to $500,000. 

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