Hate Crime Statistics Released

Hate Crime Statistics Released

Hate Crime Statistics Released

The FBI did not give a reason for a rise in reported hate crimes.

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.

Hate crimes - acts motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender - rose overall for the second straight year to 6,121 incidents, up 4.6 percent from 2015.

Religion-motivated crimes accounted for 21.0 percent of incidents, and crimes motivated by sexual orientation accounted for 17 percent of incidents.

There were also 105 incidents against transgender people, a 44 percent increase compared to 2015.

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The annual hate crimes statistics figures released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday finds that fifteen of the hate crimes reported in the state previous year were associated with race or ethnicity. Crimes motivated by anti-Asian bias remained even. The number of participating agencies also varies from year to year, so simple year-by-year comparisons are cautioned against.

"The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that individuals can live without fear of being a victim of violent crime based on who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", Mr. Sessions said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department is now engaging with state and local leaders and to find ways to better prevent and prosecute hate crimes. Hate incidents increased from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016.

About half the 1,273 incidents involving religion were against Jews while Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes.

Since Donald Trump's election win, many mainstream media reports have centered on hate crimes being supposedly inspired by Donald Trump and his supporters.

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