FBI Stats Show Rise in Hate Crimes Last Year

Aaron Brown
November 14, 2017

The FBI specified that about 58 percent of hate crimes in 2016 were motivated by racial prejudice, with more than half of those incidents targeting black Americans.

San Francisco reported 28 hate crimes in 2015 to 37 hate crimes in 2016 and San Jose reported six to 19 in the same time period.

Hate crimes in Maryland, however, have decreased 14 percent, according to the data.

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. "They not only hurt one victim, but they also intimidate and isolate a victim's whole community and weaken the bonds of our society".

Of the 6,121 criminal incidents, a majority were driven by race and ethnicity. In 2014, officials reported 22 hate crimes. 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.

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And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 religion-motivated 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.

"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.

Maryland State Police report not just hate "crimes", but also "incidents", which could include things such as intimidation, which may not be considered a crime.

Amid a wave of bomb threats against Jewish centers in March, the SPLC said the heated campaign had fueled an increase in the "use of slurs and other derogatory language" across the U.S.

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