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Bertha Germany at her home in Texarkana, Texas on Friday November 26, 2023.
Race in East Texas

Year after year, most Texas police departments report zero hate crimes. Here’s why.

A Texas Tribune analysis of hate crime data found that 82% of Texas law enforcement agencies that report to the FBI tracked no hate crimes last year. However, one suburban North Texas police agency is creating a new model of collecting hate crime data.


Jasper, Texas: An overhead view of Huff Creek Road and the bridge where James Byrd Jr. was beaten and chained May 29, 2023 in Jasper, Texas. Mark Felix/The Texas Tribune
Jasper, Texas: James Byrd Jr’s burial plot May 29, 2023 at the Jasper City Cemetery in Jasper, Texas. Mark Felix/The Texas Tribune
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