Hate crimes up in California, and United States, for second consecutive year

Council on American Islamic Relations
There was nearly a 20 percent increase in anti Muslim incidents in 2016 according to the FBI

The annual hate crimes statistics figures released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday finds that fifteen of the hate crimes reported in the state past year were associated with race or ethnicity.

There were 40 hate crimes reported in the state previous year, the highest number of bias-related incidents since 2010.

More than half of those against people were assault cases, while almost 45 percent were crimes of intimidation.

Meanwhile, nearly one in five of last year's hate crimes were motivated by prejudices related to sexual orientation, 63 percent of them targeting gay men.

The latest statistics are based on voluntary reporting from almost 16,000 United States law enforcement agencies.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the task force he appointed on crime reduction is exploring ways to revise training for police and prosecutors, and to improve data collection on hate crimes.

These numbers correlate with the NCAVP's recent report.

"It's deeply disturbing to see hate crimes increase for the second year in a row", Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement, according to The Washington Post.

There were seven anti-Sikh incidents, up from six; 10 anti-Hindu hate crimes, up from five, and 105 anti-transgender hate crimes, up from 73. The two largest percentages of hate crime incidents took place in or near residences (27.3 percent) and on or near some type of roadway (18.4 percent). Incidents targeting Muslims rose 19 percent from 257 to 307 incidents. Crimes motivated by gender identity-bias accounted for 124 incidents.

Of the 7,615 overall victims, 4,720 were victims of crimes against persons (both adults and juveniles), 2,813 were victims of crimes against property, and 82 were victims of hate crimes categorized as crimes against society (e.g., weapons violations, drug offenses, gambling).

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