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FBI

Hate-crime levels remained unchanged

The FBI says the level of hate crime reported by police in the United States remained about the same in 2010 compared with the previous year.

The bureau says 6,628 hate crime incidents were reported to the FBI by law enforcement agencies across the country, compared with 6,604 incidents reported in 2009.

The year-to-year numbers on hate crime were constant. The number of violent crimes reported to the FBI dropped 6 percent in 2010, marking the fourth consecutive year-to-year decline.

One reason the hate crime totals did not show a decline like overall violent crime may be that the 2010 hate crime data came from law enforcement agencies covering a slightly larger percentage of the U.S. population compared with the previous year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports