Hate crimes on the rise in U.S., reveals Federal Bureau of Investigation data

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Most of the crimes in 2016 were motivated by the victim's race or ethnicity, not by religion or sexual orientation.

The FBI released its 2016 hate crime statistics report Monday.

There were more than 6 100 hate crimes in 2016, up about 5% in 2015. There were two crimes motivated by a victim's religion and two by a victim's gender identity. Anti-Jewish incidents rose by 3 percent, while anti-Muslim incidents rose by 20 percent.

Over the past year, HRC has been calling on the Trump administration to do more to respond to hate crimes.

The increase reported by the FBI led some civil rights groups to call for more involvement from the federal government and state and local leaders in going after people who commit hate crimes. The number of participating agencies also varies from year to year, so simple year-by-year comparisons are cautioned against.

Jurisdictions with populations of more than 250,000 were among the thousands of. law enforcement agencies across the country that did not submit hate crimes data, and the vast majority of those - 88 percent - simply indicated to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that no hate crimes had occurred.

A bill that would've introduced a hate crime law in IN died in the legislature on the same day that the Indianapolis Jewish Community Center received a bomb threat. As for religious bias, 54 percent represented bias against Jews while 25 percent represented bias against Muslims. The plurality of the remainder, 44.7 percent of overall incidents, were for intimidation. That's down from 43 in 2015 and 51 in 2014. The FBI recorded nine murders and 24 rapes as hate crimes.

More than half of the crimes committed based on race, ethnicity or ancestry bias were motivated by anti-black sentiments, according to the report.

"There's a unsafe 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.

There were 1,076 incidents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, with nearly two-thirds of those targeting gay men.

Of the 7,615 overall hate crime victims in 2016, 4,720 of them were against people.

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