Hate crimes up in California, and U.S., for second consecutive year

Hate crimes up in California, and U.S., for second consecutive year

Eighteen hate crimes were reported in South Dakota previous year, with the bulk of victims targeted for their race or ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Hate crimes across the United States accelerated in 2016 as the divisive election battle that saw Donald Trump elected president progressed, Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics showed Monday.

Hate crimes in the United States increased by nearly five percent in 2016, when the country registered 6,121 acts of this type, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today. Crimes were also committed against victims due to their religion or sexual orientation.

Six hate crimes were related to religion, while five were associated with sexual orientation.

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Hate crimes in the United States rose moderately a year ago, with hate-motivated incidents against several target groups, including Arabs, Muslims and transgender people, showing sharper increases, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And the number of anti-Muslim groups almost tripled, to 101 a year ago, from 34 in 2015, the SPLC said.

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However, anti-white and anti-Hispanic race-motivated crimes both increased in 2016. In 2014, officials reported 22 hate crimes.

Even before a Trump presidency gave us an executive order barring immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries and a ban against transgender troops serving in the military, hate crimes in the United States increased in 2016, the second year in a row.

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.

There were 1,273 crimes based on religion.

'The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that individuals can live without fear of being a victim of violent crime based on who they are, what they believe, or how they worship, ' he said in response to the FBI's report. Incidents targeting Muslims rose 19 percent from 257 to 307 incidents.

Crimes motivated by bias against sexual orientation accounted for 1,076 incidents reported.

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