Hate Crimes in the US Rose 5 Percent Last Year, FBI Says

Council on American Islamic Relations
There was nearly a 20 percent increase in anti Muslim incidents in 2016 according to the FBI

At the time, Cobb police said the higher number could be attributed to a computer system that lets officers designate an incident as a hate crime.

There were eight reports of religion motivated hate crimes a year ago but zero reports of gender motivated hate crimes.

There were 6,121 documented hate crimes in the USA last year, compared to 5,850 in 2015.

The stats break down the hate crimes by motivation including: race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.

The Anti-Defamation League, for example, noted that almost 90 cities with populations of more than 100,000 either reported zero hate crimes or did not report data for 2016.

Former FBI Director James Comey said earlier this year that the FBI must "do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crime, to fully understand what is happening in our communities and how to stop it".

The FBI began recording hate crime data in 1990.

These numbers correlate with the NCAVP's recent report. More than half of those incidents were motivated by the victim's race. The remaining incidents were perpetrated at a variety of other locations, including schools and houses of worship, commercial and government buildings, restaurants and nightclubs, parking lots and garages, playgrounds and parks, and even medical facilities.

In the FBI's press release, the types of hate crimes were classified as intimidation (44.7%), simple assault (35.7%), and aggravated assault (18.5%). Incidents targeting Muslims rose 19 percent from 257 to 307 incidents.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions also doubled down on the importance of addressing hate crimes.

Anti-Catholic crimes also increased by 9 incidents.

Of those 4,229 crimes, 20.7 percent of them (909 total) were carried out due to "anti-white bias", the Federal Bureau of Investigation noted.

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).

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