A Hate Crime Law Would Improve Safety

14 November, 2017, 20:41 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • FBI data shows 18 hate crimes logged in South Dakota in 2016

Those criminal incidents, the report said, were motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity, reports Xinhua news agency.

Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics released on Monday.

There were 10 incidents of hate-crimes against Hindus and seven against Sikhs in 2016 - the year of the rise of Donald Trump as a politician and his election as president.

In bias incidents based on gender or sexuality, the majority of victims were gay men-62.7 percent of the 1,255 victims of sexual-orientation bias. Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes, up 19 percent from 2015 and double the number in 2014. Anti-Jewish incidents rose by 3 percent, while anti-Muslim incidents rose by 20 percent.

Most hate crimes, about 27 percent, happened at residences.

According to the data, the number of hate crimes increased for a second consecutive year, and most were "single-bias incidents".

The report also reveals that approximately 46 percent of the 5,770 known offenders were White, 26 percent Black, and 7.7 percent were of multiple racial backgrounds.

A bill that would've introduced a hate crime law in IN died in the legislature on the same day that the Indianapolis Jewish Community Center received a bomb threat. That is a 4.6 increase from the year before, though 257 more law enforcement agencies contributed to the report in 2016 than in 2015. In all, nine murders and 24 rapes were reported as hate crimes. Some of those hate-crimes involved Muslins, Jews, and members of the LGBT community. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said it would be a top focus of his Justice Department. There were 131 incidents of bias against transgender or gender non-conforming people, making up 1.7 percent of all incidents.

"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", Sessions said in a statement.

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