FBI Report Shows Increase in Hate Crimes for 2016

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There were 6,121 hate crime incidents recorded previous year, an nearly 5 percent rise from 2015 and a 10 percent increase from 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hate Crimes Statistics report said.

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

The FBI says it collects this information so as to better understand and combat hate crimes across the nation. But authorities have long warned it is incomplete, in part because it is based on voluntary reporting by police agencies across the country.

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The specific data for both Iowa and Nebraska can be found to the side of this article. That's down from 43 in 2015 and 51 in 2014.

Almost 18 percent of the hate crime incidents in 2016 were a result of sexual-orientation bias. The number of participating agencies also varies from year to year.

IN is one of five states without a hate crime law.

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"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. Anti-Jewish incidents rose by 3 percent, while anti-Muslim incidents rose by 20 percent. Anti-Islamic hate crimes made up 24.8 percent of those crimes in 2016, up from 22.2 percent the year before. The next closest category was crimes based on religion, with 21 percent, followed by sexual orientation at 17.5 percent. In March, HRC joined 155 other civil and human rights organizations [ www.hrc.org/blog/156-civil-and-human-rights-groups-call-for-stronger-response-to-hate-incide ] in urging the Trump administration to more strongly respond to bias-motivated acts of violence and intimidation. The community has been a victim of hate crimes as they are usually mistaken as Arabs due to their turbans.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who drew questions during his confirmation hearings about his opposition to a 2009 federal hate crimes law as a senator from Alabama, said Monday that the government should continue to "aggressively prosecute" anyone who violates a person's civil rights.

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