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Hate Crime Statistics Released

Hate Crime Statistics Released

More than half the 4,229 racially motivated crimes were against Black people, while 20 percent were against Whites, the report shows.

At the same time, attacks or incidents against Latinos increased by 15 percent, and against whites and Arabs rose by 38 and 17 percent, respectively.

According to Uniform Crime Reporting data released Monday , there were 6,121 incidents across the country in 2016, with more than half driven by the victim's race or ethnicity.

But Bethel Park was not among the municipalities listed as contributing data to the federal crime report.

Hate crimes in the United States rose moderately previous year, with hate-motivated incidents against several target groups, including Arabs, Muslims and transgender people, showing sharper increases, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Of those, about 58 percent were motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry bias, while 21 percent were motivated by religious bias and about 18 percent were motivated by sexual orientation bias.

However, to increase understanding of the trends taking place, ADL announced a first-of-its-kind, interactive hate crime map that displays available Federal Bureau of Investigation hate crime data from 2004-2016 for cities with more than 100,000 residents.

Almost 59 percent of the victims were targeted due to their race.

"There's a risky disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League. Crimes motivated by anti-Asian bias remained even. Civil-rights groups, however, say the figures are deeply flawed because of what they say is systemic under-reporting. Hate crime victims can be individuals, businesses, government entities, religious organizations, or society as whole, and they can be committed against persons, property, or society.

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 remaining agencies reported no hate crimes occurred within their jurisdictions.

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.