The highest ratio of hate crimes in Maine went to Black and African American people, with most of the crimes based on intimidation.
PORTLAND, Maine — Hate crimes in Maine were high yet again in 2021, according to data from the FBI.
Newly-released data shows the majority of hate crimes on a national scale stem from intimidation. The group most targeted in Maine in 2021 was Black and African American people.
This data shows 75 total hate crime incidents in Maine. The only other year in the last 11 years that was higher was 2020, with 83 cases.
“At the local level we need to take these crimes seriously… encourage people to report them,” Cumberland County District Attorney Jackie Sartoris said. “We take these crimes very seriously, and people should not be at risk.”
Sartoris said people have become empowered in recent years to report hate crimes, and that could have …