Hate crimes on the rise in USA, reveals Federal Bureau of Investigation data

FBI data shows hate crimes appeared to drop in Wisconsin

The report, which gathered information submitted by law enforcement agencies across the country, revealed that almost all hate crimes were based on a single bias, with 57.5 percent motivated by race or ethnicity bias, 21 percent motivated by a religious bias and 17.7 percent motivated by a sexual orientation bias. Another 1,076 hate crimes were linked to with sexual orientation, while other incidents were linked to disability, gender and gender-identity.

There were 10 incidents of hate-crimes against Hindus and seven against Sikhs in 2016 - the year of the rise of Donald Trump as a politician and his election as president.

The US witnessed more hate crimes in 2016 than the previous year, with an increase of 4.6 per cent from 2015, new Federal Bureau of Investigation data showed. Hate crimes targeting Arabs rose by about 38 percent, while crimes targeting whites and Latinos rose by about 17 percent and 15 percent respectively. Hate crimes against black people declined by 3 offenses from 2015 to 2016. Religion-related hate crimes came second, with Jews and Muslims targeted the most. Over half of the religion-related offences were anti-Jewish, while a quarter were anti-Muslim, according to the data.

"I think there are great officers everywhere, in every part of the state, but there are some who just don't know much about hate crimes or don't care and I think some are swept under the rug."

The FBI reports crimes fueled by bias against LGBT people rose from 203 in 2015 to 234 previous year. Additionally, there were 105 incidents against transgender people last year, a rise of 44 percent from the year before.

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