PressTV-US hate crimes increased in 2016: FBI

The FBI has released new statistics illustrating a nearly 5 percent rise in hate crimes for the second consecutive year in 2016, especially against Muslims.

In incidents where the criminals were identified, the FBI found that about 58% of crimes were motivated by the victims’ race, ethnicity or ancestry.

Meanwhile, 21 percent of crimes were motivated by religion and nearly 18 percent by a victim’s sexual orientation.

About half the 1,273 incidents involving religion were against Jews while Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes.

Reported anti-Muslim hate crimes rose by nearly 20 percent, anti-white by 17 percent, anti-Latino by 15 percent, and anti-Jewish by 3 percent. The number of anti-black crimes remained nearly flat from 2015 to 2016.

The Victoria Islamic Center mosque put ablaze in Victoria, Texas, on January 29, 2017. (Photo via the Victoria Islamic Center)

Of the 5,770 known offenders, 46 percent were white and 26…

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