Hate Crimes in US Increased by Five Percent in 2016

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And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 crimes that were motivated by religion - in the Bay Area, one of the most high-profile attacks was a swastika painted on Temple Sinai in Oakland on Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest Jewish days of the year.

According to The Huffington Post, the Federal Bureau of Investigation report is the most complete information on hate crimes in the divisive election year 2016, and supports data from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which documented a wave of such events in months after elections.

There were 40 hate crimes reported in the state a year ago, the highest number of bias-related incidents since 2010. 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.

Minnesota's 2016 figures come from just 10 percent of participating agencies statewide.

The incidents were reported by almost 16,000 law enforcement agencies and affected a total of 7,615 victims. Anti-white incidents increased from 613 incidents in 2015 to 720 incidents in 2016.


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. There is more of a focused effort on reporting these crimes in today's political climate.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions also doubled down on the importance of addressing hate crimes.

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%).

Anti-Catholic crimes also increased by 9 incidents.

In 2015, 32 crimes were motivated by race, five by religion, and seven by sexual orientation. Crimes motivated by gender identity-bias accounted for 124 incidents.

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