Hate crimes went up past year in the US

In 2016 members of the Ku Klux Klan burn a cross and swastika after a

In 2016 members of the Ku Klux Klan burn a cross and swastika after a"white pride rally in Georgia. The Klan is among groups that have consolidated into the Nationalist Front

It is crucial to note, however, while this is the most comprehensive report of hate crimes, it is still incomplete.

Around 62 percent of the crimes were against people while 37 percent were against property.

While the data provides a way to compare annual hate crime statistics, the number of actual hate crime incidents is believed to drastically under reported, according to advocacy groups.

Hate crimes in the United States increased by nearly five percent in 2016, when the country registered 6,121 acts of this type, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today. In both years, 11 of the incidents reported in Pittsburgh were motivated by racial animus.

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

At the same time, attacks or incidents against Latinos increased by 15 percent, and against whites and Arabs rose by 38 and 17 percent, respectively. That is an increase from the more than 5,800 incidents reported in 2015. 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. A report from the department's hate crimes task force is due next year, but Mr. Sessions noted noted other steps being taken in the meantime - highlighting the DOJ's decision to appoint a prosecutor from the civil rights division to assist prosecution of a man accused of killing a transgender teenager.

Anti-Jewish bias was the motivation cited in a little more than half of the 1,273 religion-related hate crimes. 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.

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.

The only way to fix the data problem, he added, is for law enforcement to adopt mandatory hate crime reporting.

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