While other parts of the country have been experiencing bias-related shootings and mass protests, New Jersey has been relatively quiet. But that doesn’t mean there are no instances of bias-related crime here. There were 164 investigations into racial bias in New Jersey last year, according to a report by the state police, with only 45 of them “cleared” — meaning there was some resolution such as an arrest.
The total number of bias incidents in 2015 was 367; that included ethnic and religious bias, as well as racial. Harassment accounted for 50 percent of all incidents and there were no weapon offenses or killings. There were only two aggravated assaults and 13 simple assaults.