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Please click the image/link below to download a fact sheet with detailed graphics and information on hate crimes reported to the FBI for Florida in 2022.

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Fast Facts on Florida Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 65 1 82
Religion 20 0 38
Sexual Orientation 22 0 37
Disability 0 0 0
Gender 0 0 0
Gender Identity 2 0 4
Total: 109 1 161

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 115 69.3%
Crimes Against Property 49 29.5%
Crimes Against Society 2 1.2%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 82 52.9%
Religion 38 23.6%
Sexual Orientation 37 23.0%
Disability 0 0.0%
Gender 0 0.0%
Gender Identity 4 2.4%

 


*2021 was the first year that the annual hate crimes statistics were reported entirely through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).  As a result of the shift to NIBRS-only data collection, law enforcement agency participation in submitting all crime statistics, including hate crimes, fell significantly from 2020 to 2021.  


Case Examples

A Florida man was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and two years of supervised release for a bias-motivated attack on six Black men.

According to evidence, in September 2022, the defendant drove his truck towards the group of six Black men because of their race. The men were surveying land along a public road near the location of the 1923 Rosewood Massacre when the attack took place. The defendant shouted racial slurs at the victims while almost hitting them with his truck.

Sentencing: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-man-sentenced-racially-motivated-attack-against-six-black-men-near-1923-rosewood 

A jury in Gainesville, Florida, convicted a Florida man for hate crimes after his racially motivated attack on a group of Black men surveying property along a public road in Rosewood, Florida. The property is near the location of the 1923 Rosewood Massacre, an infamous racially motivated attack on a prospering Black community that destroyed a thriving town.

On Sept. 6, 2022, the defendant noticed the victims surveying land near a public roadway. When the defendant came upon the victims, who were on the public roadway, he shouted racial slurs and expletives at them, including “[racial slur] get out of these woods,” before driving a pickup truck directly at the group, nearly striking one of them. At trial, one witness testified that the defendant admitted that he “came at those [expletives],” and that he “would have [expletive]d up all those Black [expletive]. Video evidence showed that after he was arrested, the defendant complained that he was “getting treated like this [expletive] over a [expletive] [racial slur].” Although no victims suffered from physical injuries, one witness testified that the defendant came “within inches” of striking one of the victims and that one victim, “nearly lost his life that day.”

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-man-found-guilty-federal-hate-crimes-racially-motivated-attack-against-six-black-men

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-man-charged-federal-hate-crimes-racially-motivated-attack-against-group-black-men

 

A Florida man faces up to 20 years in prison for racially motivated attacks on two Black women.

On September 10, 2022, the defendant directed racial slurs at the clerk of a convenience store after his credit card was declined. The defendant left the store with unpaid merchandise, retrieved a shotgun from his car, pointed it at the clerk, and cocked it, using racial slurs throughout the encounter. The victim ran away in fear for her life.

Two days later, the defendant approached a woman resting on the seat of her walker in the sidewalk. He used racial slurs, told her that she could not sit there, and threatened to kill her. Then he retrieved his shotgun and fired a single shot.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-man-pleads-guilty-federal-hate-crimes-racially-motivated-attacks-two-black-women

Two Florida men were sentenced for hate crime charges in connection with their racially-motivated attack against a Black man in Citrus Springs.

According to the plea, on Nov. 17, 2021, the two men traveled to the Family Dollar in Citrus Springs, where the victim, a Black man, was shopping inside. The two men targeted the victim with racial slurs. They followed the victim into the parking lot where they attacked him with an axe handle.

Both men directed racial slurs towards the victim before, during, and after the attack.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-florida-men-sentenced-racially-motivated-hate-crime-following-violent-assault-black-man

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/second-florida-man-pleads-guilty-federal-hate-crime-racially-motivated-attack-black-man-using

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/two-florida-men-charged-federal-hate-crime-violently-attacking-black-man-while-shouting

A federal court sentenced a Florida man to 24 months in prison for attacking a Black man who was driving with his family in Seminole, Florida.

According to evidence, the defendant shouted racial slurs at the victim and sideswiped his car while attempting to force the car off the road. The victim’s girlfriend and four-year-old daughter were in the car at the time.

When officers from the Pinellas County Sherriff’s Office arrived on the scene, the defendant made numerous statements evidencing his bias motive, telling the officers that Black people need to be kept “in their areas.”

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-man-sentenced-racially-motivated-hate-crime

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-man-found-guilty-hate-crime-racially-motivated-attack-against-black-man-driving-his

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-man-charged-hate-crimes-following-use-vehicle-racially-motivated-attack-against-black

A Florida man pled guilty to threatening a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

On July 16, 2019, the defendant sent an email to U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar threatening to kill her. The subject line of his email read, “[You’re] dead, you radical Muslim.” He referred to Congresswoman Omar and her colleagues as “radical rats,” and asked her if she was prepared “to die for Islam.” The email further stated that he was going to shoot her in the head.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-man-pleads-guilty-federal-charges-hate-motivated-threats-against-us-member-congress

A federal court sentenced a Washington man to seven years in prison for his role in a plot to threaten journalists and advocates. The man, a leader of the Neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, targeted people who were working against anti-Semitism. Three others pled guilty for their roles in the plot in prior hearings.

According to evidence, the participants in this plot made threatening posters. The posters contained Nazi symbols, threatening language and imagery. The posters were then distributed to members of Atomwaffen Division online. Members of the hate-group then delivered or mailed the posters to targeted journalists and advocates.

In Seattle, the group sent posters to a TV journalist who had reported on Atomwaffen Division. The posters were also sent to members of the Anti-Defamation League, a leading Jewish civil rights organization. The group also targeted journalists in Phoenix and Tampa for reporting on anti-Semitism.

Complaint: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdwa/press-release/file/1252306/download

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdwa/pr/arrests-four-states-racially-motivated-violent-extremists-targeting-journalists-and

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/leader-neo-nazi-group-sentenced-plot-target-journalists-and-advocates

A Florida man pled guilty to threatening an African-American Charlottesville City Council candidate because of his race and because he was running for office, and to threatening, harassing, and stalking another victim using social media.

The defendant admitted using fake names on social media to promote white supremacy and to express support for racially-motivated violence. The defendant also admitted to using social media to threaten violence against an African-American resident of Charlottesville, Virginia, because of his race and because he was running for City Council.

The defendant will be sentenced on July 23, 2020, and faces up to one year in prison for making online threats and up to five years in prison for using the internet to threaten, stalk, and harass.

Guilty Plea: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-man-pleads-guilty-racially-motivated-interference-election-charlottesville-virginia

Indictment: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-man-arrested-making-racially-motivated-threats-interference-election-charlottesville

A Florida man was sentenced to four years in prison, three years supervised release and $1,800 in restitution for obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by threatening, via phone, to detonate a bomb at a mosque in Pembroke Pines, Florida. During the plea hearing, the defendant admitted the he called Jamaat Ul Muttaqeen Mosque of Pembroke Pines and left a voicemail message filled with hate and profanity denigrating Islam and threatening to blow up the mosque. Specifically, the defendant admitted to stating in the voicemail that he had a detonator, that he was “going to blow your…temple up," and that "you guys are all going to be up in flames after I’m done with you."

Sentencing: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/south-florida-man-sentenced-prison-hate-crime-threatening-blow-mosque


 

News

April 25, 2024

Florida Man Sentenced for Racially Motivated Attacks on Two Black Women


April 5, 2024

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting a Federal Employee with a Hate Crime Enhancement


March 14, 2024

Florida Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Leaving Threatening Voicemail Targeted at Jewish Organization in New York


March 5, 2024

Florida Man Indicted for Making Hate Crime Threats Against the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan Chapter


February 1, 2024

U.S. Attorney for Middle District of Florida Highlights Recent Prosecutions of True Threats and Hate Crimes Cases, Will Continue to Pursue These Cases in Federal Court


January 31, 2024

Protecting Places of Worship Forum Held to Prevent and Combat Hate Crimes, Acts of Religious Violence, and Discrimination


December 21, 2023

FBI Jacksonville Special Agent in Charge: Hate Crimes Will not be Tolerated


December 20, 2023

Florida Man Indicted for Hate Crime in Murder of Black Man in Kansas City, Missouri


October 20, 2023

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida


October 19, 2023

Florida Man Sentenced for Racially-Motivated Attack Against Six Black Men Near 1923 Rosewood Massacre Site


October 19, 2023

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida


October 16, 2023

Joint Statements by U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri, FBI, Miami Field Office Reinforcing Commitment to Combat Hate Crimes and Potential Threats


September 5, 2023

Statement on HBCUs by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge for FBI Miami Field Office


August 27, 2023

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Statement on Jacksonville Shooting


July 27, 2023

Florida Man Found Guilty of Federal Hate Crimes for Racially Motivated Attack Against Six Black Men


March 15, 2023

Florida Man Charged with Federal Hate Crimes for Racially Motivated Attack Against Group of Black Men


February 16, 2023

Hate-fueled Robbery and Kidnapping Spree Ends in Federal Convictions for Florida Man


February 14, 2023

Federal Indictment Returned Charging Maryland Woman and Florida Man for Conspiring to Destroy Energy Facilities


January 25, 2023

Two Florida Men Sentenced for Racially Motivated Hate Crime Following Violent Assault on a Black Man


November 7, 2022

Florida Man Sentenced for Racially-Motivated Hate Crime


October 17, 2022

Second Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Racially-Motivated Attack on a Black Man Using Axe Handle


October 4, 2022

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Racially-Motivated Attack on a Black Man


August 25, 2022

Florida Man Found Guilty of Hate Crime for Racially Motivated Attack Against Black Man Driving with his Family


June 17, 2022

Two Florida Men Charged with Federal Hate Crime for Violently Attacking a Black Man While Shouting Racial Slurs


April 29, 2022

Florida Man Charged with Hate Crimes Following Use of Vehicle in Racially-Motivated Attack Against a Black Man Driving with His Family


April 19, 2022

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Hate-Motivated Threats Against a U.S. Member of Congress


March 18, 2021

Florida Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime


August 31, 2020

Florida Man Sentenced for Racially-Motivated Interference with Election in Charlottesville, Virginia and for Cyberstalking in Florida


June 23, 2020

Maximum Prison Term Given to Man for Making Online Threats to Injure and Kill Hispanics


April 30, 2020

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Racially-Motivated Interference with Election in Charlottesville, Virginia and Cyberstalking in Florida


February 26, 2020

Arrests in four states of racially motivated violent extremists targeting journalists and activists


September 21, 2018

Deceased Hate Crimes Subject Identified


September 6, 2018

South Florida Man Sentenced to Prison for Hate Crime by Threatening to Blow Up Mosque


June 29, 2018

South Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime for Threatening to Blow up Mosque


June 12, 2018

Tampa Man Sentenced for Threatening to Burn Down a Home Being Purchased by Muslim Family


May 25, 2018

South Florida Resident Charged with Religious Obstruction Offenses in Connection with Mosque Bomb Threats


May 16, 2018

South Florida Resident Charged Federally for Mosque Bomb Threat


February 27, 2018

Tampa Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime for Threatening to Burn Down a Home Being Purchased by Muslim Family


January 17, 2018

Florida Man Sentenced to Prison for Making Telephonic Threat to Shoot Congregants at the Islamic Center of Greater Miami


November 28, 2017

Florida Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Hate Crime for Conspiring to Attack Florida Synagogue


October 19, 2017

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime for Making Telephonic Threat to Shoot Congregants at the Islamic Center of Greater Miami


August 29, 2017

Florida Men Sentenced for Assault and Cross Burning Aimed at Intimidating an Interracial Couple Living Next Door


August 16, 2017

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime and Weapons of Mass Destruction Charges for Attempting to Attack Florida Synagogue


June 15, 2017

Florida Man Indicted for a Hate Crime for Making Telephonic Threat to Shoot Congregants at the Islamic Center of Greater Miami


June 7, 2017

Security Guard to Face Federal Charges for Making Threatening Communications to Miami Gardens Mosque


April 4, 2017

Third Conspirator Pleads Guilty to 2012 Florida Cross Burning


March 10, 2017

Pasco County, Florida, Man Pleads Guilty to 2012 Cross Burning


February 8, 2017

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes for Threatening Muslim Grocery Store Owners


 

Resources

The resources below include specific examples, experiences, or information related to Florida.
Go to the Resources page to access all resources.

Publication | Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) | Law Enforcement

Church Watch: A Way to Harden Soft Targets


Grant Awardees

 

Community-based Approaches to Prevent and Address Hate Crimes

Urban League of Broward County | Broward County Youth Hate Crime Education and Prevention Program | FY 2023


Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Program

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office | Targeted Violence Prevention, Monitoring, and Reporting | FY 2023

Miami-Dade County | Miami-Dade Police Department Hate Crimes Prevention and Prosecution Program | FY 2023


DOJ Offices

FBI Field Offices

FBI

 

Jacksonville
6061 Gate Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32256

T: 904.248.7000
jacksonville.fbi.gov

Tampa
5525 West Gray Street
Tampa, FL 33609

T: 813.253.1000
tampa.fbi.gov

Miami
2030 SW 145th Avenue
Miramar, FL 33027

T: 754.703.2000
miami.fbi.gov


U.S. Attorneys' Offices

DOJ

 

Middle District of Florida (Tampa)
www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl/contact-us

Northern District of Florida (Pensacola)
www.justice.gov/usao-ndfl/contact-us

Southern District of Florida (Miami)
www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/contact-us


CRS Regional Offices

CRS

 

Southeastern Regional Office
61 Forsyth Street SW
Suite 7B65
Atlanta, GA 30303

T: 404.331.6883
F: 404.331.4471
askcrs@usdoj.gov

Southeastern Field Office
51 SW First Avenue
Suite 624
Miami, FL 33130

T: 305.536.5206
F: 305.536.6778
askcrs@usdoj.gov

Updated May 20, 2024