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Study finds nearly 2 in 3 hate crimes unreported
By PETE YOST
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government study finds that despite growing awareness of hate crimes, the share of those crimes reported to police has fallen as more victims of violent attacks express doubts that police can or will help.
New figures are out from the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. They show that nearly 2 out of 3 hate crimes went unreported to police from 2007 to 2011. That's down from nearly half of crimes going unreported from 2003 to 2006.
The president of the nation's oldest police research organization says hate groups are becoming increasingly violent. Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann adds that victims may be afraid to report the acts to police because they fear retaliation.
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Posted: Thursday, March 21 2013, 08:03 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Wife guilty in Nichols Hills fire chief slaying
May 22, 2013 00:24 GMT
EL RENO, Okla. (AP) -- A jury in El Reno has convicted Rebecca Bryan of the murder of her husband, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan, and recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Jurors reached the Tuesday verdict after about four hours of deliberation.
The 54-year-old Bryan claimed an intruder had shot her husband, though police found her Ruger pistol in a clothes dryer in their home after the shooting.
The gun was matched to the bullet used to shoot Keith Bryan in 2011 at the couple's Mustang home. Police also found a spent shell casing and a left-handed rubber glove wrapped in a bullet-riddled blanket.
The Oklahoman reports (http://is.gd/mvC6Mi ) Bryan didn't display her emotions when the verdict was read. Her lawyer gave her a hug and told her he was sorry.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com
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