FBI reports rise in hate crimes on Long Island

A new FBI report finds the number of racially and ethnically motivated crimes is growing on Long Island.

The agency says there were seven bias-related killings in the country last year, one of which was the stabbing death of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue last November.

The report also states racially and ethnically based hate crimes in Nassau nearly tripled from 2007. In Suffolk, such crimes rose from 19 in 2007 to 23 in 2008.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey says he noticed a spike in late 2007 involving the hanging of nooses.

This year however, Nassau officials say hate crimes have decreased by 35 percent.

Read the report

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