Georgia sees decrease in hate crimes; most reported in Cobb County
- Author: Rogelio Becker Nov 14, 2017,
Nov 14, 2017, 0:21
There were 6,121 reported hate crimes in the United States in 2016, according to new Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics. There were more than 6,100 hate crimes a year ago, compared to 5,850 in 2015.
Of the 6,121 criminal incidents, a majority were driven by race and ethnicity.
Anti-black bias accounted for the largest number of crimes motivated by a single bias, with 1,739 incidents reported.
The stats break down the hate crimes by motivation including: race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity. The agency collects its data from participating law enforcement officials through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
The FBI did not give a reason for a rise in reported hate crimes.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit which tracks hate groups, attributed the bump to the 2016 presidential election, in which Donald Trump assailed Muslims and Hispanics as extremists and illegal immigrants.
These numbers correlate with the NCAVP's recent report. Anti-white incidents increased from 613 incidents in 2015 to 720 incidents in 2016.
Crimes motivated by a religious bias were the second-most reported type of hate crime.
"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", Mr. Sessions said. Incidents targeting Muslims rose 19 percent from 257 to 307 incidents.
Dozens of cities with more than 100,000 residents either reported zero hate crimes or did not submit their hate crime data, according toananalysis by the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights organization, which has called for better reporting.
Maryland State Police report not just hate "crimes", but also "incidents", which could include things such as intimidation, which may not be considered a crime.