Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Hate crimes in the United States increased previous year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says

Hate crimes in the United States increased previous year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says

That is an increase from the more than 5,800 incidents reported in 2015. There is more of a focused effort on reporting these crimes in today's political climate.

Religion-motivated crimes accounted for 21.0 percent of incidents, and crimes motivated by sexual orientation accounted for 17 percent of incidents.

Of the 6,063 incidents involving 7,509 victims, almost 60 percent involved people targeted due to their race, with crimes against African-Americans by far the largest share in that segment, NBC News reported.

A report released Monday says there were more than 6,100 hate crimes previous year. But the number of anti-black crimes remained about even with the number reported in 2015.

"Hate crime is different from other crime", Comey said in May.

In releasing the figures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said hate crimes remain the "number one investigative priority" of its civil rights unit and pledged to continue collecting data on the problem.

"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. Of the incidents spurred by hatred of a particular religion, anti-Semitism was again the leading cause, motivating about 55 percent of those episodes, followed by anti-Muslim sentiment, which spurred about 25 percent. The majority of racial hate crimes, about 50 percent, were "anti-Black or African American", while about one-in-five were "anti-White", and one-tenth were "anti-Hispanic or Latino".

"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 Muslims rose 19 percent from 257 to 307 incidents.

Crimes motivated by bias against sexual orientation accounted for 1,076 incidents reported. Less than one percent of the victims were targeted over of gender identity bias, and almost all of them were transgender.

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