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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 Indiana in 2022.

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Fast Facts on Indiana Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 124 87 117
Religion 34 24 17
Sexual Orientation 23 17 30
Disability 2 0 1
Gender 2 2 1
Gender Identity 4 11 8
Total: 189 141 174

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 141 72.7%
Crimes Against Property 43 22.2%
Crimes Against Society 10 5.2%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 117 67.2%
Religion 17 9.8%
Sexual Orientation 30 17.2%
Disability 1 0.6%
Gender 1 0.6%
Gender Identity 8 4.6%

 


*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

An Indiana man has been charged with a hate crime for sending threatening communications to Anti-Defamation League offices around the US.

According to the indictment, the defendant left voicemails threatening to kill Jewish people at Anti-Defamation League offices. The defendant chose his victims because of their actual or perceived religion.

If found guilty, he faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

These are serious allegations. But the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Indictment: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdin/pr/indiana-man-indicted-sending-violent-anti-semitic-threats-four-offices-anti-defamation

A grand jury charged an Indiana woman with a hate crime for a racially motivated attack on a woman of Chinese descent.

According to the indictment, on January 11, 2023, the defendant attacked the victim with a knife because of the victim’s race and national origin and injured her. The indictment also alleges that that the defendant attempted to kill the victim.

These are serious allegations. But the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/indiana-woman-charged-federal-hate-crime-racially-motivated-attack-against-woman-chinese

A federal judge sentenced two men to prison for their roles in the 2017 bombing of the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. Two other defendants have pled guilty to their roles in the bombing.

During the summer of 2017, the defendants joined a terrorist militia group called “The White Rabbits” in Clarence, Illinois. On August 4th and 5th, the group drove a rented truck from Illinois to Minnesota to bomb the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center. The defendants selected the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center to terrorize Muslims into believing they are not welcome in the United States and should leave the country. On August 5, the group bombed the Islamic Center. At the time of the bombing, several worshipers were gathered in the mosque for morning prayers.

On November 7, 2017, the group also attempted to set fire to the Women’s Health Practice in Champaign, Illinois. They used a sledgehammer to break a window and placed a device in the building to start a fire. The device did not ignite and was found by a Women’s Health Practice employee.

The two men face between 14 and 16 years in prison for their crimes.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-mn/pr/federal-jury-convicts-illinois-man-bombing-dar-al-farooq-islamic-center

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-mn/pr/two-illinois-men-sentenced-prison-their-roles-bombing-dar-al-farooq-islamic-center

An Indiana man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to making racially motivated threats to intimidate and interfere with his neighbor, who is Black, in violation of the Fair Housing Act, and for unlawfully possessing firearms.

After learning about the neighbor’s plans to remove a tree from the neighbor’s property, the defendant took several steps to threaten, intimidate, and interfere with his neighbor and the construction. This included placing and burning a cross on the fence line facing his neighbor’s property; displaying a swastika facing his neighbor’s property; displaying a large sign containing a variety of anti-Black racial slurs and a machete next to the swastika; loudly playing the song “Dixie” on repeat; and throwing eggs at his neighbor’s house.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/indiana-man-sentenced-46-months-prison-making-racially-motivated-threats-toward-black

News

 

December 11, 2023

Attorney General Garland Delivers Remarks at the Justice Department’s Violent Crime Reduction Summit


December 11, 2023

Associate Attorney General Gupta Delivers Remarks at the Justice Department’s Violent Crime Reduction Summit


December 11, 2023

Attorney General Garland Delivers Remarks with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana


October 6, 2023

Indiana Man Indicted for Sending Violent, Antisemitic Threats to Four Offices of the Anti-Defamation League


September 18, 2023

U.S. Attorney for Northern District of Indiana Hosts United Against Hate Event


April 21, 2023

Two Men Sentenced for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Plot to Attack Power Grids in the United States


April 20, 2023

Indiana Woman Charged with Federal Hate Crime for Racially Motivated Attack Against a Woman of Chinese Descent


June 21, 2021

Indiana Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Making Racially Motivated Threats Toward Black Neighbor and for Unlawfully Possessing Firearms


February 12, 2021

Indiana Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime for Making Racially-Charged Motivated Threats Toward Black Neighbor and to Unlawful Possession of Firearms


August 6, 2020

Indiana Man Charged with Hate Crime for Making Racially-Motivated Threats Towards Black Neighbor, and With Unlawful Possession of Firearms


May 22, 2019

Synagogue attacker gets three years in federal prison


August 16, 2018

Federal charges filed in Carmel synagogue hate incident


June 8, 2018

Indianapolis Man Arrested for Threatening Boston Free Speech Rally Attendees in 2017


 

DOJ Offices

FBI Field Offices

FBI

Chicago
2111 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608

T: 312.421.6700
chicago.fbi.gov

Indianapolis
8825 Nelson B Klein Parkway
Indianapolis, IN 46250

T: 317.595.4000
indianapolis.fbi.gov


U.S. Attorneys' Offices

DOJ

 

Northern District of Indiana (Hammond)
www.justice.gov/usao-ndin/contact

Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis)
www.justice.gov/usao-sdin/contact-us


CRS Regional Office

CRS

Midwestern Regional Office
230 South Dearborn Street
Room 2130
Chicago, IL 60604

T: 312.353.4391
F: 312.353.4390
askcrs@usdoj.gov

Updated April 10, 2024