Hate Crimes in US Increased by Five Percent in 2016

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

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

The bulk of the crimes in 2016 were motivated by the victim's race or ethnicity.

The Bureau will also continue to combat hate crimes that fall under federal jurisdiction-the number one investigative priority under our Civil Rights Program-and offer operational assistance to our local and state law enforcement partners during their hate crime investigations.

They also rose steadily quarter by the quarter a year ago to hit 1,747 in the final three months of 2016. About half of those incidents were motivated by race, the agency says.

Six police departments reported a hate crime in 2016, including Atlanta, Conyers, the University of Georgia, along with Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett County police.

The FBI's annual hate crime statistics, released Monday, showed there were 6,121 hate crime incidents in 2016, up 4.6 percent from 5,850 in 2015.

These numbers correlate with the NCAVP's recent report. Crimes motivated by anti-Hispanic bias increased from 299 to 344 incidents during that time, anti-Native American bias increased from 131 to 154 incidents, and anti-Arab bias increased from 37 to 51. 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.

About half the 1,273 incidents involving religion were against Jews while Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the task force he appointed on crime reduction is exploring ways to revise training for police and prosecutors, and to improve data collection on hate crimes. Anti-Black hate crimes actually declined by three offenses.

"There's a risky disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt, who called for an "all-hands-on-deck approach" to address underreporting.

Incidents targeting Jews increased from 664 incidents in 2015 to 684 incidents in 2016.

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