Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a statement on Monday about the FBI release of the 2016 Hate Crimes Statistics. He said, "No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship.” In the statement, Sessions said that the Hate Crimes Subcommittee of the Justice Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety has met with representatives from affected communities, and is exploring ways to improve training for prosecutors and law enforcement officers.

“Most recently, the Justice Department cross-designated a Civil Rights Division prosecutor to assist in the trial of an Iowa man accused of murdering Kedarie Johnson, a transgender teenager. I was pleased to learn on November 3, 2017 that the trial resulted in a conviction, and the man now faces life in prison,” said Sessions according to a release.

The hate crimes report is part of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. It revealed that for 2016, law enforcement agencies reported 6,121 criminal incidents that were motivated by “bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity.” Additionally, of 6,121 criminal incidents reported, “6,063 were single-bias incidents (there were also 58 multiple-bias incidents).”

The FBI report on 2016 Hate Crime Statistics shows that last year, there were 876 reported anti-white hate crime offenses in the United States. In 2015, this number was 734, indicating a 19.34 percent increase.

Of the single-bias incidents:

57.5 percent were motivated by a race, ethnicity or ancestry bias;
21.0 percent were motivated by a religious bias;
17.7 percent were motivated by a sexual orientation bias;
The remaining incidents were motivated by a gender identity, disability, or gender bias.

According to the report, hate crime victims include individuals, businesses, government entities, religious organizations, or society as whole, and they can be committed against persons, property, or society. In 2016, law enforcement reported a total of 7,615 victims of hate crimes, it said.

Of the 7,615 overall victims, 4,720 were victims of crimes against persons (both adults and juveniles), 2,813 were victims of crimes against property, and 82 were victims of hate crimes categorized as crimes against society (e.g., weapons violations, drug offenses, gambling).

Of the 5,770 known offenders, 46.3 percent were White, and 26.1 percent were Black or African American. Other races accounted for the remaining known offenders: 0.8 percent were Asian; 0.8 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native; 0.1 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 7.7 percent were of a group of multiple races. The race was unknown for 18.1 percent.

Of the 4,222 known offenders for whom ethnicity was reported, 26.1 percent were Not Hispanic or Latino, 8.0 percent were Hispanic or Latino, and 2.3 percent were in a group of multiple ethnicities. Ethnicity was unknown for 63.6 percent of these offenders.

According to the U.S. Census, there were 323,127,513 persons believed to be living in the United States. Here follows a table with a breakdown by race and ethnic origin for 2016.

Race and Hispanic Origin

White alone, 76.9%
Black or African American alone,    13.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone    1.3%
Asian alone 5.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone    0.2%
Two or More Races    2.6%
Hispanic or Latino    17.8%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 61.3%

Hate Crime Statistics, 2016, is available exclusively on the FBI’s website.



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