Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics show hate crimes rise in Minnesota in 2016

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

The FBI says hate crimes jumped by five percent across the country previous year, with bias incidents involving race or ethnicity showing the largest increase.

Black Americans were targeted in about half the 3,489 incidents based on race, ethnicity or ancestry, the report said, followed by whites who were targeted in 720.

In a report, they said that the "actual number of hate crimes may be as high as 250,000 - more than 40 times the 6,121 incidents that the Federal Bureau of Investigation reports for 2016".

The report showed a rise in crimes motivated by hatred of a religion, and a majority were against Jews and Muslims.

Authorities warn the actual number of hate crimes is likely much higher.

Analysis of the 6,063 single-bias incidents involving 7,509 victims revealed that 21 percent were prompted by religious bias, the second-highest motivation for offenders behind race or ethnicity. More than 15,000 law enforcement agencies provided data for the report.

Minnesota reported 119 hate crimes a year ago, up from 109 in 2015.

The number for hate crimes against Sikhs, whose population is estimated to be 500,000, went up from six in 2015 to seven in 2016. Over half of the religion-related offences were anti-Jewish, while a quarter were anti-Muslim, according to the data.

The second most common place for a hate crime a year ago was on or near roadways, suggesting road rage was a factor. Additionally, there were 105 incidents against transgender people last year, a rise of 44 percent from the year before. Most of the crimes came in the form of intimidation, assault, or vandalism. In all, nine murders and 24 rapes were reported as hate crimes.

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