FBI data shows hate crimes appeared to drop in Wisconsin
14 November, 2017, 20:56
Hate crimes in the US saw a 4.6 percent increase in 2016, jumping to 6,121 reported incidents from 5,800 the previous year, an Federal Bureau of Investigation report said Monday. Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes, up 19 percent from 2015 and double the number in 2014.
About 58 percent of the hate crimes were motivated by race, with about half the incidents targeting black Americans.
The report was based on data voluntarily submitted by about 15,000 law enforcement agencies.
Eighteen hate crimes were reported in South Dakota past year, with the bulk of victims targeted for their race or ethnicity or sexual orientation.
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".
The figures are a big drop from 2015, when the state reported 36 hate crimes. Anti-Jewish incidents rose by 3 percent, while anti-Muslim incidents rose by 20 percent. As many as 62 percent of those hate crimes targeted gay men.
The FBI reports crimes fueled by bias against LGBT people rose from 203 in 2015 to 234 past year. That year, almost 17 percent of participating police agencies reported incidents.
Most hate crimes, about 27 percent, happened at residences.
The number of hate crimes targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people also went up a year ago.
"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", U. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement after the data was released.
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