Michigan ranks third in the nation in the number of reported hate crimes, and officials say those figures appear to be growing.
Officials from law enforcement and civil rights organizations held a news conference Tuesday in Detroit to try to stem the increase, pointing out their enforcement and education efforts against bias.
"The more these things occur, the more resources we're going to pour into them," said Stephen Murphy, the U.S. attorney in Detroit.
Michigan had 556 hate crimes in 2004, ranking it behind only New Jersey and California, the FBI said.
But Daniel Roberts, special agent in charge of the Detroit FBI field office, said Michigan's increase may be partly due to better reporting by local law enforcement agencies.
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