Uncovering Hate Crimes in America

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How Hate Crimes are Investigated and Prosecuted

After an allegation is reported from a reliable source, the FBI initiates a hate crime investigation. According to the agency, most complaints are received from the victim, a witness or a third party. Many cases are also initiated by media reports, community group complaints, referrals from Department of Justice or U.S. Attorneys, and congressional inquiries. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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