U.S. hate crimes rose during fierce 2016 election, Federal Bureau of Investigation stats show

Frederick Owens
November 14, 2017

Hate crimes in the United States rose moderately previous year, with hate-motivated incidents against several target groups, including Arabs, Muslims and transgender people, showing sharper increases, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Hate crimes in Maryland, however, have decreased 14 percent, according to the data.

And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 religion-motivated crimes.

"There's a unsafe disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt. The agency collects its data from participating law enforcement officials through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

In releasing the figures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said hate crimes remain the "number one investigative priority" of its civil rights unit and pledged to continue collecting data on the problem.

The FBI's annual hate crime statistics, released Monday, showed there were 6,121 hate crime incidents in 2016, up 4.6 percent from 5,850 in 2015.

Minnesota reported 119 hate crimes a year ago, up from 109 in 2015.

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An unrelated report released in February found the number of hate groups in the U.S. The number of participating agencies also varies from year to year.

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.

"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.

Crimes motivated by a religious bias were the second-most reported type of hate crime.

Anti-Catholic crimes also increased by 9 incidents. Crimes motivated by gender identity-bias accounted for 124 incidents.

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

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