Hate crimes on the rise in U.S., reveals Federal Bureau of Investigation data

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 14, 2017

More hate crimes were carried out in the U.S.in 2016 compared to the previous year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in an annual report released Monday.

The FBI released its 2016 hate crime statistics report Monday, November 13.

Of the hate crimes reported in South Dakota, six were based on a victim's race or ethnicity, five were based on sexual orientation and three were based on a victim's disability.

More than half of the race-related incidents were anti-black, while some 20 per cent were anti-white.

The report showed a rise in crimes motivated by hatred of a religion, and a majority were against Jews and Muslims.

There were 1,076 incidents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, with nearly two-thirds of those targeting gay men.

Only 18 of those agencies said they investigated hate crimes in the past year.

The report was based on data voluntarily submitted by about 15,000 law enforcement agencies.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC), an organization that tracks hate-crime and discrimination, said the rise in hate crimes "coincides with Donald Trump's racist, xenophobic campaign and its immediate aftermath". Over half of the religion-related offences were anti-Jewish, while a quarter were anti-Muslim, according to the data. That year, almost 17 percent of participating police agencies reported incidents.

The SPLC contends that the actual number of hate crimes may be much higher.

The second most common place for a hate crime past year was on or near roadways, suggesting road rage was a factor.

North Dakota reported eight hate crimes a year ago.

"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", said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement.

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