Hate crimes surged in U.S. during 2016 presidential election, Federal Bureau of Investigation stats show

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These agencies provided from one to 12 months' worth of data about bias-motivated crime, and of those agencies, 1,776 reported one or more incidents.

Of the 6,063 incidents involving 7,509 victims, almost 60 percent involved people targeted due to their race, with crimes against African-Americans by far the largest share in that segment. In Utah the majority of hate crimes reported were related to race, according to the report. A further 21.1 percent were targeted because of religion, and 16.7 percent because of sexual-orientation.

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.

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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. A victim can be a person, a business, a government entity or a religious organization.

Of the 6,121 criminal incidents reported, 6,063 were single-bias incidents (there were also 58 multiple-bias incidents). But the number of anti-black crimes remained about even with the number reported in 2015.

The findings are consistent with a February report by a civil rights group that found the number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the country had increased over the past year. More than half of the religious-related crimes, the statistics show, were anti-Jewish, while a quarter were anti-Muslim.

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According to the Huffington Post digital portal, these data show that for the first time in a decade the country experienced consecutive annual increases in the number of crimes of that nature. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes. Crimes motivated by bias against Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians both declined.

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.

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