Federal Bureau of Investigation report reveals an approximate 5% increase in hate crimes in 2016

Federal Bureau of Investigation report reveals an approximate 5% increase in hate crimes in 2016

The FBI has reported an increase in hate crimes in the United States for a second consecutive year, with Hindus and Sikhs among those targeted in the more than 6,000 incidents of crimes motivated by biases towards religions, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

There were 6,121 hate crime incidents recorded a year ago, an nearly 5 percent rise from 2015 and a 10 percent increase from 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hate Crimes Statistics report said.

There were 6,121 hate crimes in the USA last year, up from 5,850 the year before, according to the FBI's Hate Crime Statistics, 2016. "Further, the suspect of the crime must be shown to have specifically targeted an individual or group because of an actual or perceived characteristic such as race, religion, disability, or sexual orientation". No other religious group made up more than 4.1 percent of reported hate crimes motivated by religion. The next closest category was crimes based on religion, with 21 percent, followed by sexual orientation at 17.5 percent.

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

Minnesota reported 119 hate crimes a year ago, up from 109 in 2015. "Hate crimes demand priority due to their special impact".

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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. "They not only hurt one victim, but they also intimidate and isolate a victim's whole community and weaken the bonds of our society".

The majority of incidents, 58.9 percent, were motivated by bias against the victim's race, ethnicity, or ancestry. There were 131 incidents of bias against transgender or gender non-conforming people, making up 1.7 percent of all incidents.

North Dakota reported eight hate crimes a year ago.

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", U. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement after the data was released.

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