Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

USA hate crimes rise for second straight year

USA hate crimes rise for second straight year

A report from the federal agency indicated that this number represents an increase of 4.6 percent, compared to 2015, when 5,850 crimes motivated by prejudices related to race, religion, sexuality, national origin or disability were reported, among others.

The FBI released its 2016 hate crime statistics report Monday.

In 2015, 32 crimes were motivated by race, five by religion, and seven by sexual orientation. 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.

Hate crimes in Wisconsin appeared to decrease for the second straight year in 2016. The two largest percentages of hate crime incidents took place in or near residences (27.3 percent) and on or near some type of roadway (18.4 percent).

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Some civil rights groups caution that the FBI's annual figures are artificially low because they rely on voluntary reporting.

The incidents were reported by almost 16,000 law enforcement agencies and affected a total of 7,615 victims.

"The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that individuals can live without fear of being a victim of violent crime based on who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", Mr. Sessions said. In 2015, this number was 734, indicating a 19.34 percent increase.

"Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact".

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These statistics suggest that the most vulnerable target for racial hate crimes in 2016 were not racial minority groups, but white Americans.

Since Donald Trump's election win, many mainstream media reports have centered on hate crimes being supposedly inspired by Donald Trump and his supporters.

Crimes motivated by bias against sexual orientation accounted for 1,076 incidents reported.

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