Hate crimes rise in US:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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 FBI statis­tics re­leased Mon­day.

There were more than 6,100 hate crimes last year, up about 5 per­cent over the pre­vi­ous year. In 2015 and 2016, that num­ber was driven by crimes against peo­ple be­cause of their race or eth­nic­ity.

More than half the 4,229 racially mo­ti­vated crimes were against black peo­ple, while 20 per­cent were against whites, the re­port shows. And Jews were tar­geted in more than half the 1,538 crimes that were mo­ti­vated by re­li­gion. Crimes fu­eled by bias against LGBT peo­ple rose from 203 in 2015 to 234 last year.

The yearly re­port is the most com­pre­hen­sive ac­count­ing of hate crimes in the US But au­thor­i­ties have long warned it is in­com­plete, in part be­cause it is based on vol­un­tary re­port­ing by po­lice agen­cies across the coun­try. (AP)

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