Types of Bias Motivated Incidents

Bias motivated incidents involve a wide variety of activities, but each incident seems to fall into one of the following seven general categories:

  1. Cross Burning: Incidents in this category include crosses put on the victim’s property. On some occasions the crosses were lit on fire and on others they were not.

  2. Swastika Graffiti: Incidents in this category include the spray painting of a swastika or swastikas on property, including a residence, other building, or public property.

  3. General Graffiti: This includes general spray-painting/defacing of private or public property with bias-related symbols or slogans.

  4. Harassment: Incidents in this category include all physical or verbal harassment except murder. Shouting racial slurs at a person or assaulting an individual are examples.

  5. Murder: This category includes all murders and attempted murders.

  6. Public Demonstration: This includes different types of public demonstrations such as protests, picketing, and rallies.

  7. Ku Klux Klan Activity: This category includes Klan rallies, distribution of Klan materials, and Klan related violence.

  8. Violent Assault: Includes incidents in which one party physically attacks another with bias-related motivations.

  9. Discrimination: This includes bias motivated incidents of unfair treatment of a party, such as in housing or employment.

  10. Property Damage: This category includes bias motivated damage of property, such as vandalism, excluding graffiti.