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Hate Crimes in the US Rose 5 Percent Last Year, FBI Says

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Melinda Barton | 13 November, 2017, 22:21

Federal Bureau of Investigation data released Monday reveals that hate crimes against almost every demographic are on the rise.

Another 21.0 percent were for religion, and 17.7 percent sexual orientation.

There was also an increase in the number of crimes reported targeting Jews, Muslims and LGBT people in 2016, The Washington Post reported. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes.

Anti-black bias accounted for the largest number of crimes motivated by a single bias, with 1,739 incidents reported. That represented almost a 20 percent increase in anti-Muslim reports. Jewish schools and institutions have been repeatedly shuttered by threats.

Trump repeatedly made comments during last year's campaign seen as disdainful toward blacks, Latinos, women and other groups. The number of American hate groups has also increased, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

As part of the 2016 report, participants in UCR's Hate Crime Statistics Program included 15,254 law enforcement agencies. In those findings, the organization determined more LGBTI people have died in hate-related homicides in 2017 so far than all of 2016. About 20 percent of the victims were singled out because of religious bias, and a lot of them were anti-Jewish attacks. In Ogden there were 4 reports of hate crimes against someone's sexual orientation; in all there were nine reports of sexual orientation hate crimes.

The rise marked the first time since 2004 that hate crime in the United States has increased two years in a row. Less than one percent of the victims were targeted over of gender identity bias, and almost all of them were transgender. "The end result is loss - loss of trust, loss of dignity, and in the worst case, loss of life". 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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