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PolitiFact Florida: Loretta Lynch says gays and lesbians are most frequently targeted for hate crimes



The Orlando shooting massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub that led to the deaths of 49 victims has led to more national attention about hate crimes targeting the gay community.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke about the attack hours later on Fox News Sunday.

"I think we have to keep our eye on a larger picture here, which is the victims of this crime were from a community that is often marginalized and that, frankly, the LGBT community is more often the victims of hate crimes than any other recognized group," she said.

Lynch is correct if we examine per capita rates for hate crimes, although there are some caveats about the data -- mainly that there are gaps in how law enforcement reports hate crimes.

PolitiFact Florida rated this statement True. To read more, click here.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2016 4:29pm]


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