United States hate crimes rise for second straight year

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The FBI specified that about 58 percent of hate crimes in 2016 were motivated by racial prejudice, with more than half of those incidents targeting black Americans.

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.

Crimes were also committed against victims due to their religion or sexual orientation.

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. The remaining agencies reported no hate crimes occurred within their jurisdictions. Utah Highway Patrol saw the highest number of race-related hate crimes with 10 incidents reported.

Federal Bureau of Investigation data released Monday reveals that hate crimes against almost every demographic are on the rise.

These numbers correlate with the NCAVP's recent report. Hate incidents increased from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016.

The rise marked the first time since 2004 that hate crime in the United States has increased two years in a row. There is more of a focused effort on reporting these crimes in today's political climate.

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement on Monday. Crimes motivated by bias against Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians both declined.

In 2015, 32 crimes were motivated by race, five by religion, and seven by sexual orientation.

Maryland State Police report not just hate "crimes", but also "incidents", which could include things such as intimidation, which may not be considered a crime.

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