Hate crimes overall climb 4.6 percent

Hate crimes overall climb 4.6 percent

Hate crimes overall climb 4.6 percent

There were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent over the previous year. There were more than 6,100 hate crimes past year, compared to 5,850 in 2015.

According to the agency's annual Hate Crime Statistics released Monday, 39 hate crimes were reported in the state in 2016, down five from 2015.

More than half the 4,229 racially motivated crimes were against black people, while 20 percent were against whites, the report shows.

The stats break down the hate crimes by motivation including: race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.

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.

"Anti-Black or African American bias" still make up the overwhelming cases of racial hate crimes in America.

Experts caution there is a big caveat with Federal Bureau of Investigation data: It's based on voluntary reporting from more than 15,000 police agencies across the country. "Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact".

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An unrelated report released in February found the number of hate groups in the U.S.

The FBI further said hate crimes remain the number one priority for their civil rights unit.

There were also 105 incidents against transgender people, a 44 percent increase compared to 2015.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions also doubled down on the importance of addressing hate crimes.

Incidents targeting Jews increased from 664 incidents in 2015 to 684 incidents in 2016.

San Francisco reported 28 hate crimes in 2015 to 37 hate crimes in 2016 and San Jose reported six to 19 in the same time period.

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