10 December 2010
Hate crime numbers are down in Mississippi . . .
. . . when the figures are voluntarily self-reported by law enforcement (WLBT-TV). The ACLU says they'd like to see the state legislature require hate crime identification training as well as mandatory data gathering and reporting. As it is, ACLU and a professor at the nearby law school figure the police are categorizing hate crimes as merely assaults and property crimes.