Hate Crimes in US Increased by Five Percent in 2016

14 November, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Phil Peters
  • Council on American Islamic Relations
There was nearly a 20 percent increase in anti Muslim incidents in 2016 according to the FBI

It is crucial to note, however, while this is the most comprehensive report of hate crimes, it is still incomplete.

There were more racial hate crime offenses altogether in 2016 compared to 2015.

According to the Huffington Post digital portal, these data show that for the first time in a decade the country experienced consecutive annual increases in the number of crimes of that nature.

Meanwhile, 21% of crimes were motivated by religion and almost 18% by a victim's sexual orientation.

There were seven anti-Sikh incidents, up from six; 10 anti-Hindu hate crimes, up from five, and 105 anti-transgender hate crimes, up from 73.

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The number of reported hate crimes in Georgia decreased in 2016 from the previous year, according to newly released Federal Bureau of Investigation data. Crimes motivated by anti-Asian bias remained even.

On Monday, Sessions said the Justice Department is awaiting a full report from a task force on steps it can take to improve training for prosecutors and investigators, boost data collection on hate crimes and partner with local officials and communities. The number of participating agencies also varies from year to year, so simple year-by-year comparisons are cautioned against.

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. In 2015, this number was 734, indicating a 19.34 percent increase. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes.

Of those crimes a year ago, 25 were motivated by race, two by religion, and 12 by sexual orientation.

In short, hate crimes can and do happen just about anywhere. Crimes motivated by gender identity-bias accounted for 124 incidents.

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