United States hate crimes rise for second straight year

Marsha Scott
November 14, 2017

Hate crimes in the United States rose moderately a year ago, with hate-motivated incidents against several target groups, including Arabs, Muslims and transgender people, showing sharper increases, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The latest overall figure included sharper spikes in hate crimes targeting several minority groups.

Nationally, there were more than 6,100 hate crimes in 2016, up about 5 percent over the previous year.

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.

Hate crimes happened in a variety of locations.

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In the FBI's press release, the types of hate crimes were classified as intimidation (44.7%), simple assault (35.7%), and aggravated assault (18.5%). "They not only hurt one victim, but they also intimidate and isolate a victim's whole community and weaken the bonds of our society", said ADL chief Jonathan A. Greenblatt.

Hate crimes across the United States accelerated in 2016 as the divisive election battle that saw Donald Trump elected president progressed, Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics showed Monday.

Anti-Jewish bias was the motivation cited in a little more than half of the 1,273 religion-related hate crimes. In Maryland, such crimes declined from 43 in 2015 to 37 in 2016.

At the time, Cobb police said the higher number could be attributed to a computer system that lets officers designate an incident as a hate crime.

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. Crimes motivated by gender identity-bias accounted for 124 incidents. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said it would be a top focus of his Justice Department.

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