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Fast Facts on Georgia Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 132 164 126
Religion 26 29 24
Sexual Orientation 24 37 31
Disability 7 3 5
Gender 3 3 5
Gender Identity 4 12 6
Total: 196 248 197

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 162 72.0%
Crimes Against Property 60 26.7%
Crimes Against Society 3 1.3%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 126 64.0%
Religion 24 12.2%
Sexual Orientation 31 15.7%
Disability 5 2.5%
Gender 5 2.5%
Gender Identity 6 3.0%


*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 judge sentenced a Georgia man to 20 years in prison for shooting into two Clayton County convenience stores and attempting to kill the people inside because of their race.

According to evidence, the defendant first fired his pistol into a Shell gas station convenience store. Minutes later, he fired into a nearby BP gas station convenience store. No one was injured in either shooting.

The defendant admitted that he was targeting Black people and others he thought were Arab, and he hoped to kill them. He also admitted to believing in a white supremacist ideology.

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A jury found three Georgia men guilty of hate crimes and attempted kidnapping in the pursuit and killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a young Black man who was jogging on a public road.

Seeing Mr. Arbery jogging, two of the defendants armed themselves, got into a truck, and chased him through the neighborhood. They yelled at him, used their truck to cut off his route, and threatened him with guns. The third defendant joined the chase, and all three men tried to prevent Mr. Arbery from leaving after surrounding him. In the ensuing struggle, one of the men shot and killed Mr. Arbery as he attempted to escape.

An important part of the trial was proving that the defendants acted because of Mr. Arbery's race. Evidence showed that each defendant held racist beliefs that led them to assume, without reason, that Mr. Arbery was a criminal.

All three defendants face sentences of up to life in prison.

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October 25, 2023

Georgia Man Charged for Making Racially-Motivated Threats and Shooting at His Black Neighbor

May 1, 2023

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia Joins Law Enforcement, Stakeholders to Combat Antisemitism

March 16, 2023

Georgia White Supremacist Sentenced for Federal Hate Crime for Racially Motivated Shootings

December 16, 2022

Georgia Man with Ties to White Supremacist Organization Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Racially Motivated Shootings

August 8, 2022

Federal Judge Sentences Three Men Convicted of Racially Motivated Hate Crimes in Connection with the Killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia

May 18, 2022

Georgia Man Charged with Federal Hate Crimes and Firearms Offenses

May 18, 2022

“Protecting Houses of Worship” Safety Training Series Underway in the Middle District of Georgia

February 22, 2022

Federal Jury Finds Three Men Guilty of Hate Crimes in Connection with the Pursuit and Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

January 31, 2022

Statement from Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke Regarding the Hearing in United States v. McMichael

April 28, 2021

Three Georgia Men Charged with Federal Hate Crimes and Attempted Kidnapping in Connection with the Death of Ahmaud Arbery

March 26, 2021

Federal Law Enforcement Leaders Address Hate Crimes and Racism Targeting the AAPI Community

April 24, 2020

Georgia Federal law enforcement leaders address discrimination amid Coronavirus pandemic

October 30, 2018

U.S. Attorney and FBI Special Agent in Charge Call for Vigilance after Synagogue Tragedy

April 24, 2017

U.S./Israeli Man Charged In Connection With Threats To Jewish Community Centers, Conveying False Information, And Cyberstalking

DOJ Offices

FBI Field Office


3000 Flowers Road S
Atlanta, GA 30341

T: 770.216.3000

U.S. Attorneys' Offices




Middle District of Georgia (Macon)

Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta)

Southern District of Georgia (Augusta)

CRS Regional Offices


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

T: 404.331.6883
F: 404.331.4471

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

T: 305.536.5206
F: 305.536.6778

Updated November 16, 2023