Majority of Utah's hate crime is race-related, Federal Bureau of Investigation says

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The rise marked the first time since 2004 that hate crime in the United States has increased two years in a row. Anti-white incidents increased from 613 incidents in 2015 to 720 incidents in 2016.

The FBI's annual hate crime statistics, released Monday, showed there were 6,121 hate crime incidents in 2016, up 4.6 percent from 5,850 in 2015.

According to the data, most of the reports were "single-bias incidents".

There was also an increase in the number of crimes reported targeting Jews, Muslims and LGBT people in 2016, The Washington Post reported.

Hate crimes in the United States increased by nearly five percent in 2016, when the country registered 6,121 acts of this type, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today.

However, anti-white and anti-Hispanic race-motivated crimes both increased in 2016. That represented almost a 20 percent increase in anti-Muslim reports.

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Former FBI Director James Comey said earlier this year that the FBI must "do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crime, to fully understand what is happening in our communities and how to stop it". Of those crimes, the majority were crimes with an anti-gay male bias. A report from the department's hate crimes task force is due next year, but Mr. Sessions noted noted other steps being taken in the meantime - highlighting the DOJ's decision to appoint a prosecutor from the civil rights division to assist prosecution of a man accused of killing a transgender teenager.

The stats break down the hate crimes by motivation including: race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity. Law enforcement agencies voluntarily report their own statistics to the bureau, meaning some incidents won't be included. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said it would be a top focus of his Justice Department.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department is now engaging with state and local leaders and to find ways to better prevent and prosecute hate crimes.

Crimes motivated by a religious bias were the second-most reported type of hate crime. The 2015 Federal Bureau of Investigation report on hate crimes noted that 52.7 percent of hate crimes were committed due to anti-black or anti-African bias.

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



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