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Hate crimes rose for 2nd year in a row in 2016, FBI reports

Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to FBI statistics released Monday.

There were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent over the previous year. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people because of their race or ethnicity.

More than half the 4,229 racially motivated crimes were against black people, while 20 percent were against whites, the report shows. And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 crimes that were motivated by religion. Crimes fueled by bias against LGBT people rose from 203 in 2015 to 234 last year.

The yearly report is the most comprehensive accounting of hate crimes in the U.S. But authorities have long warned it is incomplete, in part because it is based on voluntary reporting by police agencies across the country.

The numbers likely reflect an uptick recorded by civil rights groups in harassment and vandalism targeting Muslims, Jews, blacks and others amid the presidential campaign, which included sharp rhetoric from Republican Donald Trump and others against immigrants, especially Muslims. There were 307 crimes against Muslims in 2016, up from 257 in 2015, which at the time was the highest number since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

In releasing the figures, the FBI said hate crimes remain the “number one investigative priority” of its civil rights unit and pledged to continue collecting data on the problem. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said it would be a top focus of his Justice Department.

On Monday, Sessions said the Justice Department is awaiting a full report from a task force on steps it can take to improve training for prosecutors and investigators, boost data collection on hate crimes and partner with local officials and communities. In the meantime, Sessions said, the department can continue to aggressively prosecute people who violate the civil rights of others.

“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,” Sessions said in a statement.

Advocates said they can’t adequately address the problem without a fuller understanding of its scope.

“There’s a dangerous disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported,” said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt, who called for an “all-hands-on-deck approach” to address under-reporting. “Police departments that do not report credible data to the FBI risk sending the message that this is not a priority issue for them, which may threaten community trust in their ability and readiness to address hate violence.”

Comments


Dante_Callme - You really need to temper your tone, you are spouting too much hate.  Show us a little love.


SW - there is a difference between pointing out bias and the attacks here.  Where does “write and original article” point to any bias?  How does “How about you do some journalism” do anything to expand the topic or even question the bias of the paper?  Maybe in your head actual words don’t matter?


Hilarious, point out press bias and all of a sudden you’re a “hater” by the snowflakes. I love to live rent-free in your heads.


Golden - yes, when someone writes angry messages aimed at LTM for posting an AP article instead of contributing to the actual issue, what would you call it except for hate?  Why are you being so sensitive about this?


Duncan - “How about you do some journalism” is hate bashing? Please find you safe space as son as possible.


not hate speech, hate bashing, as you requested, Golden.  You asked but don’t like the answer - that is your problem, not anyone else’s


I would not call those hate Duncan. Way to lower the bar for what is hate speech.


Here you go, golden:

“Another hit job brought to you by your local unbiased newspaper.”

“why are you reposting an AP article that doesn’t directly relate to our area in your local rag?”

“How about you do some journalism”

” Is there a lull in the anger on your site and you need a bump in visitors? “


oncerural4 - I would really like to know what you consider “hate bashing”?  Please show which lines of each post is hateful.


wow..talk about hate bashing a newspaper just for bringing you news of any type. It is relevant to our community..so is the opioid crisis. Channel YOUR hate to your mirror.


From the FBI website. Between 2014 and 2015 hate crimes rose about 7% compared to last years 5%.  I am not a fan of Trump but cherry picking one year and blaming one person is not good science.

2013 - 5928 hate crimes
2014 - 5479 hate crimes
2015 - 5850 hate crimes
2016 - 6121 hate crimes


If the number increased in 2015, and nobody was taking Trump serious in 2015, how can this writer attribute the increase to his campaign?


Every crime is a hate crime if you have literally no idea what a hate crime is.

As for local relevancy see LTM stories on the KKK literature and hate graffiti.

etc, etc.


How does this have to do with Loudoun County? Oh, that’s right, just another opportunity to bash Trump.  Another hit job brought to you by your local unbiased newspaper.


Every crime is a hate crime.


LTM, why are you reposting an AP article that doesn’t directly relate to our area in your local rag?  Is there a lull in the anger on your site and you need a bump in visitors?  How about you do some journalism and write an original article about how this has affected us, if any.

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