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Crime trends: up, down, or sideways? Never consult the FBI.

The FBI counted 7,262 hate crimes in 2021, down from 8,263 the year before. Only 11,883 of 18,812 law enforcement agencies submitted hate-crimes data. This is not the first time the FBI has struggled to collect reliable criminal justice statistics. The Washington Post counted 7,000 fatal police shootings from 2015 to 2021; FBI has only about one-third of that. The FBI has embarked on a broad effort to track fatalities and serious bodily injury committed by law enforcement officers. Yet it almost had to shut down the program for lack of response from local police departments.