FBI Statistics Show Hate Crimes Rise in Minnesota in 2016

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In 2016 Utah saw 47 race-related hate crimes.

Religion-motivated crimes accounted for 21.0 percent of incidents, and crimes motivated by sexual orientation accounted for 17 percent of incidents.

The FBI gathered their information from 15,254 law enforcement agencies.

The FBI released its 2016 hate crime statistics report Monday. In 2014, officials reported 22 hate crimes. "Police departments that do not report credible data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation 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". The FBI's report shows a four-and-a-half percent increase nationally in hate crimes.

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

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There were seven anti-Sikh incidents, up from six; 10 anti-Hindu hate crimes, up from five, and 105 anti-transgender hate crimes, up from 73. Crimes motivated by anti-Hispanic bias increased from 299 to 344 incidents during that time, anti-Native American bias increased from 131 to 154 incidents, and anti-Arab bias increased from 37 to 51.

The FBI further said hate crimes remain the number one priority for their civil rights unit. There is more of a focused effort on reporting these crimes in today's political climate.

And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 crimes that were motivated by religion - in the Bay Area, one of the most high-profile attacks was a swastika painted on Temple Sinai in Oakland on Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest Jewish days of the year.

Of the 7,615 overall victims, 4,720 were victims of crimes against persons (both adults and juveniles), 2,813 were victims of crimes against property, and 82 were victims of hate crimes categorized as crimes against society (e.g., weapons violations, drug offenses, gambling).

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