After spike in 2017, hate crimes in Virginia dip in most categories

After hitting a nine-year high in 2017, the number of hate crimes reported in Virginia dropped last year to 165, according to numbers released this month by the Virginia State Police.

As in years past, a majority of the crimes reported were vandalism and simple assault and the bulk of the crimes reported involved bias against black or African-American victims.

The number of crimes increased in just a handful of categories, including anti-female (from five to eight), anti-mental disability (from two to seven), anti-American Indian (from zero to three) and anti-transgender (from zero to two).