Hate Crimes Increased by 4.6 Percent in 2016

In 2016 members of the Ku Klux Klan burn a cross and swastika after a

"It's deeply disturbing to see hate crimes increase for the second year in a row", said Jonathan Greenblatt, national director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League.

In Ogden there were 4 reports of hate crimes against someone's sexual orientation; in all there were nine reports of sexual orientation hate crimes.

Excluding a handful of "multiple bias" incidents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said 57.5 percent of all incidents past year were based on hate related to race, ethnicity or ancestry.

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.

Of the departments that recorded a hate crime, the majority- 25 incidents, or 64 percent - occurred in Cobb County.

Federal Bureau of Investigation data show hate crimes increased across the country from 5,850 in 2015 to 6,121 crimes in 2016.

About half the 1,273 incidents involving religion were against Jews while Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes.

"There's a risky disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt.

However, a report issued last month by the Maryland State Police showed a 40 percent increase in hate "incidents" in the state in 2016. 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 September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

There were also 105 incidents against transgender people, a 44 percent increase compared to 2015.

Of the 6,121 criminal incidents reported, 6,063 were single-bias incidents (there were also 58 multiple-bias incidents).

Data from California State University at San Bernardino indicate that hate crime has continued to rise in major US cities in 2017.

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