Number of Reported Hate Crimes Surges in New Hampshire

By Steve Neavling

Reuters reports that the number increased 19 percent from 2015 and was double the amount of 2014.

The center, along with other civil rights advocates, have expressed concerns as graffiti often links slurs to Trump's name while nationalist alt-right groups have spurred violence in Charlottesville, Va., and other cities across the country.

The total number of hate crimes in 2016 was 6,121, compared with 5,850 in 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation data revealed on November 13.

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.

The FBI on Monday released its hate crime statistics for 2016, which showed a slight rise, 0.4 percent, in 2016 over the incidents in 2015.

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.

Hate crimes against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals also went up from previous years.

The report says 99 of them are related to a victim's race, ethnicity or ancestry. These agencies provided from one to 12 months' worth of data about bias-motivated crime, and of those agencies, 1,776 reported one or more incidents.

"Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact". Following a series of attacks on Jewish-affiliated institutions, Comey said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crime, to fully understand what is happening in our communities, and how to stop it".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said it would be a top focus of his Justice Department. 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.

The numbers are not considered exhaustive.

The FBI compiles its annual report from information voluntarily submitted by local and state agencies.

And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 crimes that were motivated by religion - in the Bay Area, one of the most high-profile attacks was a swastika painted on Temple Sinai in Oakland on Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest Jewish days of the year.

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