Bias incident reports in NYC skyrocket 400 percent since election as compared to last year

NEW YORK — Bias incidents reported in New York City have jumped 400 percent during the two weeks since Republican Donald Trump was elected president compared to the same period last year.

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch playground vandalized with swastika (Twitter/Brad Lander)

Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch playground vandalized with swastika (Twitter/Brad Lander)

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill did, however, stop short on Tuesday of saying that Trump’s victory played a role in what he described as a troubling trend.

NYPD officers have logged a total of 30 bias complaints since Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, O’Neill said.

Six bias complaints were investigated during the same two weeks in 2015.

The NYPD has recorded 345 bias incidents so far this year. A spike in graffiti, not violence, largely contributed to the increase, O’Neill said.

Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says he doesn’t believe Trump’s divisive campaign rhetoric has fueled the bias crimes.