Hate Crimes Rose 5 Percent in 2016, FBI Says

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The annual hate crimes statistics figures released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday finds that fifteen of the hate crimes reported in the state previous year were associated with race or ethnicity.

Of the hate crimes reported in South Dakota, six were based on a victim's race or ethnicity, five were based on sexual orientation and three were based on a victim's disability.

It is crucial to note, however, while this is the most comprehensive report of hate crimes, it is still incomplete. The FBI's report shows a four-and-a-half percent increase nationally in hate crimes. But the number of anti-black crimes remained about even with the number reported in 2015. Anti-white incidents increased from 613 incidents in 2015 to 720 incidents in 2016.

At the same time, attacks or incidents against Latinos increased by 15 percent, and against whites and Arabs rose by 38 and 17 percent, respectively.

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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. Hate incidents increased from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016.

"Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact". There were two crimes motivated by a victim's religion and two by a victim's gender identity.

"There's a unsafe 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 underreporting. Anti-Jewish hate crimes, anti-Islamic hate crimes, and anti-Catholic hate crimes all saw various increases in 2016.

Crimes motivated by bias against sexual orientation accounted for 1,076 incidents reported.

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