Hate Crimes Rise For The Second Consecutive Year

Hate Crimes Rise For The Second Consecutive Year

The FBI's report was consistent with a report released earlier this year by a civil rights group that found an apparent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate groups this past year.

About 57 percent of the 6,121 incidents reported to law enforcement were motivated by race or ethnicity, with the half of race-related crimes motivated by anti-black bias. The majority of victims were targeted due to their race or ethnicity, the report says, with crimes against African-Americans by far the largest share in that category. Most of the hate crimes were based on race and religion.

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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. There were 307 crimes against Muslims in 2016, up from 257 in 2015, which at the time was the highest number since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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He won the white vote by a 21 percentage point margin over Clinton, while she captured black voters by an 80 point spread and Hispanic voters by 36 points. Anti-white incidents increased from 613 incidents in 2015 to 720 incidents in 2016.

Mr Sessions added that he would await a Department of Justice Crime Reduction and Public Safety task force report to determine what actions should be taken to address the increase.

In a statement Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that "no person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship". It expressed "disappointment" at the trend and also pointed to a lack of voluntary reporting by police agencies around the country, saying that "nearly 90 cities" with more than 100,000 residents either reported no hate crimes or did not respond to the FBI's request for data.

Of the departments that recorded a hate crime, the majority- 25 incidents, or 64 percent - occurred in Cobb County. Crimes motivated by bias against Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians both declined. Crimes motivated by gender identity-bias accounted for 124 incidents.

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