FBI Stats Show Rise in Hate Crimes Last Year

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In Utah the majority of hate crimes reported were related to race, according to the report.

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

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

The FBI released its annual report on hate crime data for 2016, revealing that 4,229 single-bias hate crime offenses were done on the basis of race.

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Excluding a handful of "multiple bias" incidents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said 57.5 percent of all incidents previous year were based on hate related to race, ethnicity or ancestry.

These numbers correlate with the NCAVP's recent report.

Several incidents of vandalism at Las Palmas Mexican Grocery in Brookline, including a brick through its window in January and a mural defaced with the words "illegal trespassers", "liars" and "America haters" in April, were not charged as hate crimes , said Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler. Crimes motivated by anti-Asian bias remained even.

Former FBI director James B. Comey, speaking earlier this year after a series of threats targeting Jewish schools and community centers, acknowledged as much, saying that the bureau needs "to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crime, to fully understand what is happening in our communities, and how to stop it".

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The FBI report, which collects information on the offenders in the hate crimes tallied a year ago, found that the largest share - 46 percent - were white.

"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. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes.

More than half of those against people were assault cases, while almost 45 percent were crimes of intimidation. Incidents targeting Muslims rose 19 percent from 257 to 307 incidents. "They strike at the heart of one's identity - they strike at our sense of self, our sense of belonging".

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