The number of hate crimes in New York City spiked by 67 percent during the first four months of 2019.
There were a total of 145 incidents, compared with 87 during the same period in 2018. More than half of the incidents were anti-Semitic.
“It’s unacceptable in our society and the best way we do that here is by finding the perpetrators and prosecuting them and ensuring that they feel the consequences of their acts,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Overall, crime in New York City was down 6.7 percent in April. That includes a 34 percent reduction in murders and a 16 percent drop in the number of rapes.
"Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe in their home. While crime is at a historic low across the city, we are working to make this a reality in every zip code," de Blasio said.
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