Georgia sees decrease in hate crimes; most reported in Cobb County

Kristopher Drake
November 14, 2017

There were more than 6,100 hate crimes past year, compared to 5,850 in 2015.

The FBI report on 2016 Hate Crime Statistics shows that in 2016, there were 876 reported anti-white hate crime offenses in the United States.

Minnesota reported 119 hate crimes a year ago, up from 109 in 2015. The total was slightly higher in 2015, with the county recording 68 percent of reported hate crimes in the state.

Experts caution there is a big caveat with Federal Bureau of Investigation data: It's based on voluntary reporting from more than 15,000 police agencies across the country. But the number of anti-black crimes remained about even with the number reported in 2015. These incidents are due mostly to voluntary reporting from the various agencies.

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 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, ' he said in response to the FBI's report.

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. And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 religion-motivated crimes. Crimes motivated by bias against Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians both declined.

Hate crimes happened in a variety of locations. Hate incidents increased from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes.

Another 21.0 percent were for religion, and 17.7 percent sexual orientation.

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