Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Hate Crimes Increased Again in 2016, FBI Says

Hate Crimes Increased Again in 2016, FBI Says

Analysis of the 6,063 single-bias incidents involving 7,509 victims revealed that 21 percent were prompted by religious bias, the second-highest motivation for offenders behind race or ethnicity.

Many civil rights groups reported a spike in hate crimes immediately after President Donald Trump's election in 2016 and the increase in the FBI's official numbers is similar to some of those estimates but lower than the most extreme claims.

That distribution tracks closely with the data from 2015, which found 59.2 percent of hate crimes reported that year were based on the victim's race, ethnicity or ancestry.

"Having [a hate crime law] in our statute would allow prosecutors to seek higher penalties for hate-motivated criminal acts which have a greater effect on the safety and well-being of the public at large", Curry said in a statement".

Of the 124 incidents based on gender identity, 19 targeted gender non-conforming people, a decrease of 54 percent from 2015. Some of those hate-crimes involved Muslins, Jews, and members of the LGBT community.

Data for the report was compiled with reports from 15,254 agencies across the country participating in the federal Uniform Crime Reporting Program ( UCR ).

A bill that would've introduced a hate crime law in IN died in the legislature on the same day that the Indianapolis Jewish Community Center received a bomb threat.

Jurisdictions with populations of more than 250,000 were among the thousands of. law enforcement agencies across the country that did not submit hate crimes data, and the vast majority of those - 88 percent - simply indicated to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that no hate crimes had occurred.

"It's deeply disturbing to see hate crimes increase for the second year in a row", said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt.

Muslims and Jews were the most common targets in the USA, with anti-Muslim bias making up the second highest religious bias at 25 percent behind anti-Jewish bias, which accounted for about 55 percent, making Jews the most targeted group in the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said it would be a top focus of his Justice Department.

North Dakota reported eight hate crimes previous year.

There were 1,076 incidents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, with nearly two-thirds of those targeting gay men.

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