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The psychology of hate crimes: Why do they happen?

Posted: 6:18 PM, Jan 05, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-06 11:28:39-05

The recent act of four teens, attacking a mentally challenged 18-year-old in Chicago, has local psychologists breaking down the logic behind hate crimes.

Chicago police have charged the four teens involved in the alleged kidnapping and assault with a hate crime. And according to Dr. Steven Dubovsky, chair of the department of psychiatry at the University at Buffalo, crimes of hate are on the rise.

"For some reason there are some people that rather feel famous for being really bad, than be ok for being really good," Dr. Dubovsky told 7 Eyewitness News.

Dr. Dubovsky says in many cases, including the latest incident in Chicago, the acts are fueled by the desire for power.

The FBI has collected data on hate crimes for more than 20 years. In 2015 the agency recorded more than 5800 acts of hate.