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Anti-gay hate crimes rise slightly in ’97
Group says year saw larger increase in gays victimized by law enforcement authorities
By Tammye Nash
Although violent crime overall
decreased significantly across the
United States in 1997, incidents of anti-
gay hate crimes were up some 2 per-
cent, according to a report recently
released by the National Coalition of
Particularly disturbing to NCAVP
officials was the 83 percent increase in
anti-gay violence that occurred in
police precincts and jails.
The coalition is a group of some 25
anti-violence projects around the coun-
try — some in operation for as long as
10 years — that came together in 1995
to document hate crimes against gays,
lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered
persons, and hate crimes based on HIV
status, according to Jeff Montgomery,
interim executive director of NCAVP
member organization The Triangle
Montgomery explained that the
report is based on an analysis of data
collected by 14 NCAVP member organi-
zations, with anecdotal information
from nine additional member organiza-
"That the percentage of anti-gay hate
crimes is up is significant in and of
itself, especially in light of the double-
digit decrease in violent crime overall,"
“Bias crime is still a
severe cancer in this
country, and anti-gay
and lesbian crime is a
significant part of that.”
— Jeff Montgomery
National Coalition of
Montgomery said of the report's find-
But one of the most troubling aspects
of the report, he added, was "the signif-
icant increase in the number of these
crimes in which there was police
involvement, in terms of law enforce-
ment officials being the perpetrators or
not properly investigating and report-
ing the crimes."
The report showed that the number
of reported offenders who were law
enforcement officers increased by 76
percent nationally — from 266 in 1996
to 468 in 1997 — while reports of unjus-
tified arrests were up 48 percent and the
number of victims who refused to
report incidents to police rose by 21
"The number of hate crimes involv-
ing law enforcement officials had
trailed off in past years, but now it's on
the rise again," Montgomery said. "If
drastic steps are not taken, police offi-
cers will continue to be part of the prob-
lem instead of part of the solution."
He said the report's findings drive
home "the absolute importance of bet-
ter training for law enforcement offi-
cials. We need more sensitivity training,
and more training on how to investi-
gate and report" anti-gay hate crimes.
The rate of anti-gay hate crimes tra-
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 46, Ed. 1 Friday, March 13, 1998, newspaper, March 13, 1998; Dallas, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth616063/m1/10/: accessed April 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.