Hate crimes were up across the state in 2012. According to the 2012 Hate Crimes in Florida Report released by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office, there was increase in hate crimes of 22 percent compared to the year earlier.
Protecting the homeless became a priority for the Broward Sheriff’s Office after a deadly attack on a homeless man near Fort Lauderdale in 2006.
One day after a huge rally in Sanford where a neighborhood watch captain shot and killed Trayvon Martin one month, the parents of the Miami Gardens teen plan to appear Tuesday afternoon at a Capitol Hill forum on racial profiling and hate crimes.
Hate crimes in the state continue to remain at their lowest numbers since Florida began tracking them two decades ago.