FBI Says Hate Crimes Rose Again in 2016

FBI report points to continued rise in American hate crimes

FBI report points to continued rise in American hate crimes

The new report showed a slight uptick in anti-Islamic and anti-Jewish hate crimes, which together made up 79 percent of reported hate crimes in which religion was the primary factor. The exact number of offenses were 381-the highest level of reported hate crimes against Muslims in the USA since 9/11.

For the objective of collecting statistics, the Federal Bureau of Investigation defines a hate crime as a "criminal offense that involves bias against against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity". Berkeley also saw a sharp rise in hate crimes, with 13 incidents, nine of which were racially motivated.

"If law-enforcement agencies fail to document the true extent of hate crimes against our communities, our nation will have a hard time mobilizing the political will and resources necessary to prevent and combat the problem", Singh said in a statement.

County-specific info is a bit muddy in the FBI's databases, but within Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach Police reported a whopping 12 anti-LGBTQ crimes, which made up more than a third of the state's anti-gay attacks.

Sim Singh, the Sikh Coalition's National Advocacy Manager, said the anti-Sikh hate crimes reported in 2016 "represents the tip of the iceberg".

Almost 18 percent of the hate crime incidents in 2016 were a result of sexual-orientation bias. Over half of the religion-related offences were anti-Jewish, while a quarter were anti-Muslim, according to the data. "Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact".

In reality, the numbers for all categories are likely higher, as not all jurisdictions include sexual orientation or gender identity in hate crime statistics.

Of the single-bias incidents, of which there were 6,063, 1,076 (17.7%) were motivated by sexual orientation, a 2% increase from 2015.

"In the face of this latest news, we stand strong in our commitment to improving hate crime data collection, advocating for better hate crime legislation, and working closely with law enforcement on hate crime training", Greenblatt said Monday. Crimes were also committed against victims due to their religion or sexual orientation.

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