USA hate crimes rose during fierce 2016 election, Federal Bureau of Investigation stats show

Nov 14, 2017, 00:26
USA hate crimes rose during fierce 2016 election, Federal Bureau of Investigation stats show

A report released Monday says there were more than 6,100 hate crimes previous year.

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

According to the agency's annual Hate Crime Statistics released Monday, 39 hate crimes were reported in the state in 2016, down five from 2015.

Anti-black bias accounted for the largest number of crimes motivated by a single bias, with 1,739 incidents reported.

Meanwhile, nearly one in five of last year's hate crimes were motivated by prejudices related to sexual orientation, 63 percent of them targeting gay men. In 2014, officials reported 22 hate crimes.

The FBI gathered their information from 15,254 law enforcement agencies. "Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact".

These numbers correlate with the NCAVP's recent report.

The FBI further said hate crimes remain the number one priority for their civil rights unit. Hate incidents increased from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions also doubled down on the importance of addressing hate crimes. There is more of a focused effort on reporting these crimes in today's political climate. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes. Crimes motivated by bias against Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians both declined.

Of the 7,615 overall victims, 4,720 were victims of crimes against persons (both adults and juveniles), 2,813 were victims of crimes against property, and 82 were victims of hate crimes categorized as crimes against society (e.g., weapons violations, drug offenses, gambling).

Maryland State Police report not just hate "crimes", but also "incidents", which could include things such as intimidation, which may not be considered a crime.

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