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FBI Stats Show Rise in Hate Crimes Last Year

FBI Stats Show Rise in Hate Crimes Last Year

Hate crimes across the United States accelerated in 2016 as the divisive election battle that saw Donald Trump elected president progressed, Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics showed Monday. In 2015, hate crime rose by seven percent. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people due to their race or ethnicity. These agencies provided from one to 12 months' worth of data about bias-motivated crime, and of those agencies, 1,776 reported one or more incidents.

Furthermore, there were another 7,321 related offenses stemming from bias against race, religion, sexual orientation, and other traits.

The incidents were reported by almost 16,000 law enforcement agencies and affected a total of 7,615 victims.

Hate crimes in the United States increased by nearly five percent in 2016, when the country registered 6,121 acts of this type, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today.

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Some civil rights groups caution that the FBI's annual figures are artificially low because they rely on voluntary reporting. But the number of anti-black crimes remained about even with the number reported in 2015. Some agencies also may not determine an incident is a hate crime until after the FBI's deadline to report.

There were also 105 incidents against transgender people, a 44 percent increase compared to 2015. The two largest percentages of hate crime incidents took place in or near residences (27.3 percent) and on or near some type of roadway (18.4 percent).

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement on Monday.

San Francisco reported 28 hate crimes in 2015 to 37 hate crimes in 2016 and San Jose reported six to 19 in the same time period. No reported crimes were motivated by a disability, gender or gender identity.


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