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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 Tennessee in 2022.

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Fast Facts on Tennessee Hate Crime Incidents*

Bias Motivation Categories by Year

Bias Motivation Category 2020 2021 2022
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 56 91 75
Religion 4 19 9
Sexual Orientation 16 20 8
Disability 2 11 6
Gender 0 2 1
Gender Identity 2 4 1
Total: 80 147 100

Types of Crime

Crimes Against Persons 100 79.4%
Crimes Against Property 23 18.3%
Crimes Against Society 3 2.4%

Bias Motivation Categories

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 75 75.0%
Religion 9 9.0%
Sexual Orientation 8 8.0%
Disability 6 6.0%
Gender 1 1.0%
Gender Identity 1 1.0%


*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 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.

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A federal court sentenced a Tennessee man to seven years in prison for setting fire to four Nashville area churches.

According to evidence, the man intentionally set fire to the Crievewood United Methodist Church on June 17, 2019; the Crievewood Baptist Church on June 25, 2019; the Saint Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church on June 25, 2019; and the Priest Lake Community Baptist Church on June 26, 2019, all because of their religious character. The fires resulted in significant damage to all four churches.

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A Tennessee man pled guilty to a federal hate crime offense for assaulting two girls and their father.

On October 24, 2017, he yelled “Allahu Akbar!” and “Go back to your country!” at two teenage girls wearing hijabs. He later attacked and injured the girls’ father by swinging a knife and punching at him. When the girls’ mother arrived on the scene with her young child in her car, he chased after them with his knife still drawn. After being taken into custody, the defendant made derogatory comments about the family, pledged to kill them when the police released him, and admitted that he carried out this assault because of the actual and perceived religion and national origin of the victims.

He will be sentenced on October 7, 2021.

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January 8, 2024

Highlights From Memphis United Against Hate Community Event at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

July 10, 2023

U.S. Attorney for Western District of Tennessee Launches National Security and Civil Rights Unit

April 3, 2023

U.S. Attorney’s Office for Western District of Tennessee Unveils New Initiative for Area Youth to Identify, Report and Prevent Hate Crimes

February 16, 2022

Tennessee Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Series of Church Arsons

August 25, 2021

FBI Memphis and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee Urge the Public to Report Hate Crimes

August 25, 2021

Tennessee Man Charged with Civil Rights Violations for Series of Church Arsons

May 17, 2021

Tennessee Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime

April 9, 2018

Nashville Man Indicted for Hate Crime and Lying to the FBI


DOJ Offices

FBI Field Offices



1501 Dowell Springs Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37909

T: 865.544.0751

225 North Humphreys Boulevard
Suite 3000
Memphis, TN 38120

T: 901.747.4300

U.S. Attorneys' Offices



Eastern District of Tennessee (Knoxville)

Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville)

Western District of Tennessee (Memphis)

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 January 12, 2024