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Hate Crimes Up In Minnesota In 2016

14 November 2017

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation data, there were 6,100 reported hate crimes in 2016, up from 5,800 incidents in 2015 and 5,400 incidents in 2014.

And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 crimes that were motivated by religion - in the Bay Area, one of the most high-profile attacks was a swastika painted on Temple Sinai in Oakland on Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest Jewish days of the year.

The remaining incidents were motivated by a gender identity, disability, or gender bias.

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

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"There's a risky disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt.

Six police departments reported a hate crime in 2016, including Atlanta, Conyers, the University of Georgia, along with Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett County police. In Maryland, such crimes declined from 43 in 2015 to 37 in 2016. The majority of victims were targeted due to their race or ethnicity, the report says, with crimes against African-Americans by far the largest share in that category. Nearly two-thirds of the 1,067 incidents targeted gay men.

However, anti-white and anti-Hispanic race-motivated crimes both increased in 2016. An additional 25 percent were black, while the remainder was comprised of other races or unknown races. In 2014, officials reported 22 hate crimes.

The FBI's report was consistent with a report released earlier this year by a civil rights group that found an apparent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate groups this past year.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said it would be a top focus of his Justice Department.

In an interview with KTVU on Monday, Anti-Defamation League regional director Seth Brysk said that his organization noticed a "sharp increase" of hate during the presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump kicked off a year ago. "They not only hurt one victim, but they also intimidate and isolate a victim's whole community and weaken the bonds of our society", said ADL chief Jonathan A. Greenblatt.

"There's a unsafe disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", ADL National Director Jonathan Greenblatt said.

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Hate Crimes Up In Minnesota In 2016