by David Safier
From 2008 to 2009, Arizona's number of reported hate crimes increased by more than 18.3 percent. This is up over the year prior, 2007 to 2008, which saw a 14.9 percent increase in hate crimes statewide.
The numbers themselves show the creep upward. In 2007, there were 161 incidents reported in Arizona; in 2008, 185; in 2009, 219. This bucks the national trend, which shows reported hate crime incidents declining nationwide.
. . . hate crimes in Phoenix — Arizona's most populous city — are up nearly 30 percent from 2008 to 2009. There were 89 incidents in 2008, 115 reported by the Phoenix Police Department in 2009.
Hate crimes climbing in Arizona while they're going down elsewhere. Couldn't have anything to do with Republican politicians fanning the flames, could it?