Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows hate crimes appeared to drop in Wisconsin

Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows hate crimes appeared to drop in Wisconsin

Hate crimes in Minnesota rose for the second straight year in 2016, with the bulk of crimes motivated by the victim's race or ethnicity.

In a report, they said that the "actual number of hate crimes may be as high as 250,000 - more than 40 times the 6,121 incidents that the Federal Bureau of Investigation reports for 2016".

The yearly report, which comes from voluntarily reported data from law enforcement agencies across the country, found 6,121 hate crimes reported in 2016.

Of those single-bias offences in 2016, almost 58 per cent were motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry bias, while 21 per cent were driven by religious bias and about 18 per cent were caused due to bias towards sexual orientation. Crimes were also committed against victims due to their religion or sexual orientation. Over half of the religion-related offences were anti-Jewish, while a quarter were anti-Muslim, according to the data.

The SPLC contends that the actual number of hate crimes may be much higher. Most of the crimes came in the form of intimidation, assault, or vandalism.

Still, some organizations saw the increase, the second year in a row for which hate crimes rates went up, as cause for alarm.

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The report was based on data voluntarily submitted by about 15,000 law enforcement agencies.

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The report also reveals that approximately 46 percent of the 5,770 known offenders were White, 26 percent Black, and 7.7 percent were of multiple racial backgrounds.

The new report showed a slight uptick in anti-Islamic and anti-Jewish hate crimes, which together made up 79 percent of reported hate crimes in which religion was the primary factor. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said it would be a top focus of his Justice Department. 26 percent of the crimes were connected to bias against women, while 10 percent of the crimes were connected bias against males.

There were 1,076 incidents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, with nearly two-thirds of those targeting gay men. Some of those hate-crimes involved Muslins, Jews, and members of the LGBT community.

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