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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 Michigan in 2022.

Image of the 2022 Michigan Hate Crimes Fact Sheet

 

 

 

 

Fast Facts on Michigan Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 273 294 276
Religion 33 52 52
Sexual Orientation 40 60 68
Disability 9 4 5
Gender 9 7 7
Gender Identity 13 13 14
Total: 377 430 422

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 382 76.1%
Crimes Against Property 107 21.3%
Crimes Against Society 13 2.6%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 276 65.4%
Religion 52 12.3%
Sexual Orientation 68 16.1%
Disability 5 1.2%
Gender 7 1.7%
Gender Identity 14 3.3%

 


*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 Michigan man was charged with making violent threats online.

According to evidence, the defendant used social media to plan acts of violence. He allegedly sent Antisemitic messages glorifying Nazis and past mass shooters, expressing his intent to mimic them.        

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

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmi/pr/2023_0628_Pietila_Indictment

A grand jury charged a Michigan man for threatening to kill Jewish people who work in the Michigan government using Twitter.

According to the charges, on February 17, 2023, the defendant tweeted a series of threats while in Texas, including “I’m heading back to Michigan now threatening to carry out the punishment of death to anyone that is jewish in the Michigan govt if they don’t leave, or confess.”

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

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edmi/pr/michigan-resident-indicted-hate-crime-threatening-kill-jewish-government-officials

A Michigan man pleaded guilty to two hate crimes for attempting to intimidate people from engaging in lawful speech and protests supporting Black Lives Matter.

According to the evidence, the defendant called nine Starbucks stores in Michigan and told the employees answering his calls to relay racial threats to Starbucks employees wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts. He also threatened to kill Black people, using racial slurs to refer to his targets.

The defendant also pleaded guilty to placing a noose inside the vehicle of two of the victims. He attached a handwritten note to the noose: “An accessory to be worn with your ‘BLM’ t-shirt. Happy protesting!”

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/michigan-man-pleads-guilty-hate-crimes-death-threats-targeting-black-lives-matter-supporters 

A Michigan man pled guilty to willfully causing bodily injury to a Black teenager because of the teenager’s race. He confronted a group of Black teenagers, including the victim, in a park state park and repeatedly used racial slurs and declared that the teenagers had no right to use the public beach where the incident occurred. He then struck the victim with a bike lock, knocking out several of the victim’s teeth, lacerating his face, and fracturing his jaw.

The defendant faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/michigan-man-pleads-guilty-hate-crime-attacking-black-teenager

Press Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/michigan-man-indicted-hate-crimes-after-attacking-african-american-teenagers


News

March 27, 2024

Michigan Man Charged With Damaging Religious Property


March 13, 2024

Michigan Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime Offenses for Defacing Predominantly Black Church and Public Park Bathroom


March 5, 2024

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


March 4, 2024

Michigan Man Sentenced to Prison for Violent Antisemitic Threats


January 25, 2024

White Supremacist Group Member Convicted of Federal Hate Crime for Defacing Michigan Synagogue with Neo-Nazi Symbols


November 13, 2023

Michigan Man Pleads Guilty for Making Violent, Antisemitic Threats


October 23, 2023

U.S. Attorney for Western District of Michigan Announces Civil Rights Team, United Against Hate Initiative


July 12, 2023

U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of Michigan Brings United Against Hate Initiative to Detroit


June 28, 2023

Michigan Man Who Threatened Violent, Antisemetic Action Indicted By Grand Jury


March 9, 2023

Michigan Man Indicted for Hate Crime of Threatening to Kill Jewish Government Officials


December 13, 2022

Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes for Death Threats Targeting Black Lives Matter Supporters


April 27, 2022

Michigan Man Charged with Hate Crimes for Attempting to Intimidate Protesters from Supporting Black Lives Matter


October 29, 2021

FBI Detroit Encourages the Public to Report Hate Crimes and Other Civil Rights Violations


July 8, 2021

Michigan Man Sentenced to Prison for Attacking Black Teenager


April 29, 2021

FBI Detroit Announces Michigan Muslim Community Council as 2020 Director’s Community Leadership Award Recipient


March 30, 2021

Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Attacking Black Teenager


February 11, 2021

Michigan Man Indicted for Hate Crimes After Attacking African-American Teenagers


October 13, 2020

Michigan Man Charged with Hate Crimes for Attacking African-American Teenager


September 23, 2020

Michigan Man Pleads Guilty to Using Threats to Obstruct Free Exercise of Religious Beliefs


March 31, 2020

United States Attorney Matthew Schneider Provides Coronavirus Prosecution Guide to State and Local Law Enforcement


 

Resources

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

Publication | Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) | Law Enforcement, Victim Advocacy Groups/General Community

Approaches to Inclusion at Michigan State University


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

Creating Safe and Inclusive Communities from the Perspective of Canton, MI, Police Department (Part 1)


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

Creating Safe and Inclusive Communities from the Perspective of Canton, MI, Police Department (Part 2)


Facts and Statistics | Bureau of Justice Statistics (OJP)

National Crime Victimization Survey Hate Crime Data

DOJ Offices

FBI Field Office

FBI

 

Detroit
477 Michigan Avenue, 26th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226

T: 313.965.2323
detroit.fbi.gov


U.S. Attorneys' Offices

DOJ

 

Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit)
www.justice.gov/usao-edmi/contact-us

Western District of Michigan (Grand Rapids)
www.justice.gov/usao-wdmi/contact


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 March 29, 2024