Comparing and Contrasting St. Louis Hate Crimes With "Normal" Cime

Adam Bossler, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Prior research has argued that hate crimes have the same characteristics as "normal" crime. This paper compares and contrasts hate crimes that were committed in St. Louis, Missouri with non-hate crimes committed at the national, state, and city level. Instead of using the UCR hate crime section which can only provide certain data, files from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department were used in order to understand the context in which these crimes occurred.

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