Hate Crimes in US Increased by Five Percent in 2016

Hate Crimes in US Increased by Five Percent in 2016

Hate Crimes in US Increased by Five Percent in 2016

Wisconsin reported 34 hate crimes previous 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.

In 2015, 32 crimes were motivated by race, five by religion, and seven by sexual orientation. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people due to their race or ethnicity.

Hate crimes in Wisconsin appeared to decrease for the second straight year in 2016. And the number of anti-Muslim groups almost tripled, to 101 a year ago, from 34 in 2015, the SPLC said. The FBI's report shows a four-and-a-half percent increase nationally in hate crimes.

These numbers correlate with the NCAVP's recent report.

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At the same time, attacks or incidents against Latinos increased by 15 percent, and against whites and Arabs rose by 38 and 17 percent, respectively. Anti-white incidents increased from 613 incidents in 2015 to 720 incidents in 2016. The remaining incidents were perpetrated at a variety of other locations, including schools and houses of worship, commercial and government buildings, restaurants and nightclubs, parking lots and garages, playgrounds and parks, and even medical facilities.

No reported crimes were motivated by a disability, gender or gender identity.

On Monday, Sessions said the Justice Department is awaiting a full report from a task force on steps it can take to improve training for prosecutors and investigators, boost data collection on hate crimes and partner with local officials and communities.

Incidents targeting Jews increased from 664 incidents in 2015 to 684 incidents in 2016.

Of those crimes past year, 25 were motivated by race, two by religion, and 12 by sexual orientation. Anti-Black hate crimes actually declined by three offenses.

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