Hate Crimes in US Increased by Five Percent in 2016

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Going forward. The FBI, through its UCR Program, will continue to collect and disseminate information on hate crime-as a means to educate and increase awareness of these types of crimes for the public as well as for law enforcement, government, community leaders, civic organizations, and researchers around the country. The victim totals could include individuals, businesses, government entities or society as a whole.

Anti-Jewish incidents rose by three percent, anti-black hate crime fell by 0.3 percent and anti-Asian offenses remained flat, the report showed.

A report released Monday says there were more than 6,100 hate crimes a year ago.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the task force he appointed on crime reduction is exploring ways to revise training for police and prosecutors, and to improve data collection on hate crimes.

In releasing the figures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said hate crimes remain the "number one investigative priority" of its civil rights unit and pledged to continue collecting data on the problem. 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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However, anti-white and anti-Hispanic race-motivated crimes both increased in 2016.

There were also 105 incidents against transgender people, a 44 percent increase compared to 2015. "Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact".

"It's deeply disturbing to see hate crimes increase for the second year in a row", Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement, according to The Washington Post.

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe or how they worship", he said.

And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 religion-motivated crimes. Crimes motivated by bias against Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians both declined.

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