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Washington - Hate Crimes Rose For 2nd Year In A Row In 2016, FBI Reports

Published on: November 13, 2017 05:36 PM
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Washington - Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to FBI statistics released Monday.

There were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 percent over the previous year. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people because of their race or ethnicity.

More than half the 4,229 racially motivated crimes were against black people, while 20 percent were against whites, the report shows. And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 crimes that were motivated by religion. Crimes fueled by bias against LGBT people rose from 203 in 2015 to 234 last year.

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The yearly report is the most comprehensive accounting of hate crimes in the U.S. But authorities have long warned it is incomplete, in part because it is based on voluntary reporting by police agencies across the country.

The numbers likely reflect an uptick recorded by civil rights groups in harassment and vandalism targeting Muslims, Jews, blacks and others amid the presidential campaign, which included sharp rhetoric from Republican Donald Trump and others against immigrants, especially Muslims. 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 Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

In releasing the figures, the FBI said hate crimes remain the “number one investigative priority” of its civil rights unit and pledged to continue collecting data on the problem. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said it would be a top focus of his Justice Department.

On Monday, Sessions said the Justice Department is awaiting a full report from a task force on steps it can take to improve training for prosecutors and investigators, boost data collection on hate crimes and partner with local officials and communities. In the meantime, Session said, the department can continue to aggressively prosecute people who violate the civil rights of others.

“The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that individuals can live without fear of being a victim of violent crime based on who they are, what they believe, or how they worship,” Sessions said in a statement.

Advocates said they can’t adequately address the problem without a fuller understanding of its scope.

“There’s a dangerous 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. “Police departments that do not report credible data to the FBI risk sending the message that this is not a priority issue for them, which may threaten community trust in their ability and readiness to address hate violence.”

 

 



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 Nov 13, 2017 at 07:16 PM lipa21 Says:

deblassio says crime is down ???????????? huh???????

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 07:49 PM Anonymous Says:

This president stated that among the swastika carrying trash there are "some good guys". Only Trump can say that who is an ignoramus in history

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 08:06 PM Anonymous Says:

The fake blond in the oval office will stir more hate and praise the swastika carrying goyim aS GOOD guys. Wait till a Jewish school is attacked or A yeshiva. Trump plays both ends, he courts the Neo-Nazis and the conservatives

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 08:23 PM Hoshomer Says:

That's right in 2016 the last year the failure in chief was in office.

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 11:07 PM AmYisroel Says:

The rise is from lefty liberal anti israel scumbags who are supported by the democrats

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 12:56 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
lipa21 Says:

deblassio says crime is down ???????????? huh???????

Politicians have the police underreport crime before the elections.

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 08:42 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Hoshomer Says:

That's right in 2016 the last year the failure in chief was in office.

That's right all race relations were worse under Obama

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 09:16 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
AmYisroel Says:

The rise is from lefty liberal anti israel scumbags who are supported by the democrats

How about the Republican scumbag as a senate candidate. You are always qualifying people as scumbags, that is your nature or familiarity as a born scumbag

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 10:26 AM waitandsee Says:

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Anonymous Says:

How about the Republican scumbag as a senate candidate. You are always qualifying people as scumbags, that is your nature or familiarity as a born scumbag

do you have any evidence, in the usa we have a policy innocent on till proven giulty
i guess its only for dems but republicans or always guilty
but we have evidence,
obama always made racial comments when it was a crime white on black
but never did he talk about crime of black on black
john carry and obama let a resolution pass in the un against isreal
do you need more!!!!

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 10:30 AM Anonymous Says:

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AmYisroel Says:

The rise is from lefty liberal anti israel scumbags who are supported by the democrats

change your pseudonym to am eysov. I always wondered what a Jew become a cruel Kapo and now I see your kind would make a perfect concentration Camp Kapo

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 10:37 AM yonasonw Says:

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lipa21 Says:

deblassio says crime is down ???????????? huh???????

Such a sucker Yid you are...you don’t even understand the gist of the article. The point, stupid, is that hate crimes against US are up...under the Nazi enabling scum buffoon of a President who lemmings like so so admire.

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 12:14 PM Just Wondering.... Says:

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yonasonw Says:

Such a sucker Yid you are...you don’t even understand the gist of the article. The point, stupid, is that hate crimes against US are up...under the Nazi enabling scum buffoon of a President who lemmings like so so admire.

I know you have a GED but do you know how to read? as the article states "Hate Crimes Rose For 2nd Year In A Row In 2016, FBI Reports"

That's right the race baiter president (AKO Obama) and his cronies (Holder, Lynch and Clinton) were in office then.

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 02:36 PM AmYisroel Says:

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Anonymous Says:

change your pseudonym to am eysov. I always wondered what a Jew become a cruel Kapo and now I see your kind would make a perfect concentration Camp Kapo

You could just look in the mirror as it was your messiah obama who gave iran billions of dollars to fund the murder of Jews
It was your democrat party who support bds
It was your democrats who are against the banning of money going to the palestinians while they still pay terrorists to murder Jews
It was at the democrat convention that they waved palestinian flags and burned Israeli flags
It was your messiah obama who couldn't stop condemning Israel for building a few houses
Its democrats who are on campuses nationwide who attack Jews and supporters of Israel
Its scum like you who vote for them

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 Nov 14, 2017 at 03:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
yonasonw Says:

Such a sucker Yid you are...you don’t even understand the gist of the article. The point, stupid, is that hate crimes against US are up...under the Nazi enabling scum buffoon of a President who lemmings like so so admire.

Please explain how data reported in the article - which is only through 2016 - reflects upon a president who was inaugurated in January 2017.

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