What Is a Bias Crime?
The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) tracks all crimes that occur within the city limits of Baltimore. This tracking is conducted so that the BPD can identify problem areas within the City and direct patrol and/or investigative resources to reduce these incidents. The FBI also mandates statistical crime reporting from every law enforcement agency in the United States
Harassment: The reason the suspect targeted the victim was based on the suspect's belief about the victim's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, mental, physical, or sensory handicap, homelessness, marital status, age, parental status, gender or political identity.
Crimes with Bias Elements: When during the commission of any crime, biased comments are made.
Non-Criminal Bias Incidents: Offensive and/or derogatory language that, although hurtful, does not meet the level of a crime and may fall under the category of free speech.