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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 Kansas in 2022.

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Fast Facts on Kansas Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 85 72 58
Religion 28 35 45
Sexual Orientation 8 16 15
Disability 0 5 4
Gender 3 1 1
Gender Identity 0 1 5
Total: 124 130 128

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 59 44.0%
Crimes Against Property 59 44.0%
Crimes Against Society 16 12.0%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 58 45.3%
Religion 45 35.2%
Sexual Orientation 15 11.7%
Disability 4 3.1%
Gender 1 0.8%
Gender Identity 5 3.9%

 


*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 Kansas man was charged with two hate crimes for threatening to attack a Nashville Pride event.

According to the charges, on April 26, 2023, the defendant posted comments on the social media account for Nashville Pride threatening to “make shrapnel pressure cooker bombs for this event.” In another comment posted the same day, the defendant threatened to “commit a mass shooting.”

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

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdtn/pr/kansas-man-facing-federal-charges-making-online-threats-toward-nashville-pride-event

A grand jury charged a Kansas man with using death threats and racial slurs to intimidate Black people.

According to the charges, on July 27, 2022, the defendant showed a firearm and threatened two Black juveniles using racial slurs. Then, he threatened a Black adult with his firearm after they intervened.

From January to August 2022, the defendant told a white woman that he would hurt or kill any Black people who visited her home.  He would occasionally stand outside her house and shout threats and racial slurs when he believed the woman had Black visitors.  He is also charged with posting threatening videos and messages to the social media accounts of the victim’s family.

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

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/kansas-man-indicted-using-guns-death-threats-and-racial-slurs-intimidate-black-people

A Kansas man pled guilty to threatening a Black minor with a knife because of their race.

According to evidence, the defendant was driving through a residential area in Paola, Kansas, when he saw the victim walking on the sidewalk. The defendant stopped, got out of the car, and approached the victim with a knife. Threatening the victim, the defendant yelled racial slurs, and told the victim that Paola is a “white town.”

Donner faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/kansas-man-pleads-guilty-racially-motivated-federal-hate-crime-targeting-black-man

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/kansas-man-indicted-hate-crime-racially-motivated-threat-minor-and-unlawfully-possessing

A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kansas, returned an indictment charging the defendant with threatening a Black minor, because of the victim’s race. The indictment alleges that the defendant shouted racial slurs and brandished a knife at the victim.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for both the civil rights and firearm charges.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/kansas-man-indicted-hate-crime-racially-motivated-threat-minor-and-unlawfully-possessing

On January 25, 2019, Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright, and Patrick Stein were sentenced to 25, 26, and 30 years, respectively, for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and to violate the housing rights of their intended victims. Both conspiracies stemmed from the defendants’ plot to blow up an apartment complex in an effort to kill the Somali Muslim immigrants who lived and worshipped there. Prior to the conviction, the FBI conducted an eight-month-long investigation during which they uncovered recordings of the defendants discussing their plan to attack the apartment complex. One undercover FBI agent posed as a black-market arms dealer and met with one of the defendants, who attempted to purchase a bomb from the undercover agent.

Sentencing: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-southwest-kansas-men-sentenced-prison-plotting-bomb-somali-immigrants-garden-city

A Kansas man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the February 2017 killing of an Indian national and for the shooting of two other men. Earlier this year, the defendant plead guilty to hate crimes, firearm offenses, attempted murder, and murder charges related to the death and injuries of the three victims. According to the plea agreement, the defendant approached the victims, demanding to know how they entered the country, and called one victim a “terrorist.” The defendant later returned to the bar with a gun and shot two victims, killing one and injuring the other. At the defendant’s guilty-plea hearing, he admitted that he targeted and shot two of the Indian National victims because of their race, color, and national origin and that he shot the third victim in an attempt to flee the crime scene.

Sentencing: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/kansas-man-sentenced-life-prison-without-parole-racially-motivated-shooting-olathe-bar

News

June 20, 2023

Kansas Man Facing Federal Charges for Making Online Threats Toward Nashville Pride Event


May 30, 2023

Kansas Man Indicted for Using Guns, Death Threats and Racial Slurs to Intimidate Black People


June 29, 2022

Kansas Man Sentenced for Violent Racially-Motivated Hate Crime Targeting Black Man


February 10, 2022

Kansas Man Pleads Guilty to Racially Motivated Federal Hate Crime Targeting Black Man


November 23, 2020

Kansas Man Indicted with Hate Crime for Racially-Motivated Threat of a Minor and for Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm


January 25, 2019

Three Southwest Kansas Men Sentenced to Prison for Plotting to Bomb Somali Immigrants in Garden City


August 7, 2018

Kansas Man Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole for Racially Motivated Shooting at Olathe Bar


May 21, 2018

Kansas Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime Charges


April 18, 2018

Three Southwest Kansas Men Convicted of Plotting to Bomb Somali Immigrants in Garden City


June 9, 2017

Kansas Man Charged with Hate Crime, Firearm Offenses in Shooting of Three Men at Olathe Bar


March 17, 2017

Kansas Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements in Federal Hate Crime Investigation


February 22, 2017

Kansas Men Sentenced for Roles in Federal Hate Crime Against Black Somali Men


DOJ Offices

FBI Field Office

FBI

 

Kansas City
1300 Summit Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

T: 816.512.8200
kansascity.fbi.gov


U.S. Attorney's Office

DOJ

 

Kansas (Wichita)
www.justice.gov/usao-ks/contact-us


CRS Regional Office

CRS

 

Central Regional Office
601 E. 12th Street
Suite 0802
Kansas City, MO 64106

T: 816.426.7434
F: 816.426.7441
askcrs@usdoj.gov

Updated January 9, 2024