Fast Facts on Kentucky Hate Crime Incidents*
|Bias Motivation Category||2020||2021||2022|
|Crimes Against Persons||140||77.3%|
|Crimes Against Property||39||21.5%|
|Crimes Against Society||2||1.2%|
*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.
A Kentucky woman was sentenced to nine years in prison for mailing threats to her neighbors in 2020 because of their race.
The woman sent multiple threatening letters to an interracial couple and their children, who lived in the same neighborhood. Many of these letters contained violent threats and racial slurs.
At trial, the jury found that the threatening letters were sent to the defendant’s neighbors because of their race.
A Kentucky man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for two racially motivated murders and his attempted murder of a third person.
On Oct. 24, 2018, the defendant followed a Black man who was grocery shopping with his grandson, before shooting him several times and killing him. He then walked out of the store and into the parking lot, where he shot and killed a Black woman, and exchanged fire with a Black man who was in lawful possession of a handgun. As he left the third victim, he encountered a legally armed white man, who he said he would not shoot because “whites don’t shoot whites.”
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Eastern District of Kentucky (Lexington)
Western District of Kentucky (Louisville)
Southeastern Regional Office
Southeastern Field Office