Hate Crime Statistics Released

Hate Crime Statistics Released

Anti-Hispanic or Latino hate crimes also increased in 2016.

Excluding a handful of "multiple bias" incidents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said 57.5 percent of all incidents previous year were based on hate related to race, ethnicity or ancestry.

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.

Crimes were also committed against victims due to their religion or 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.

The FBI report on 2016 Hate Crime Statistics shows that in 2016, there were 876 reported anti-white hate crime offenses in the United States.

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The FBI began recording hate crime data in 1990. Some agencies also may not determine an incident is a hate crime until after the FBI's deadline to report.

"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.

"Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact". Hate incidents increased from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016.

These statistics suggest that the most vulnerable target for racial hate crimes in 2016 were not racial minority groups, but white Americans. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes.

"There's a unsafe disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt, who called for an "all-hands-on-deck approach" to address underreporting.

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