FBI Statistics Show Hate Crimes Rise in Minnesota in 2016

Posted November 14, 2017

The FBI released its annual report on hate crime data for 2016, revealing that 4,229 single-bias hate crime offenses were done on the basis of race.

Excluding a handful of "multiple bias" incidents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said 57.5 percent of all incidents a year ago were based on hate related to race, ethnicity or ancestry.

Of the 6,121 criminal incidents, a majority were driven by race and ethnicity.

More than half of those against people were assault cases, while almost 45 percent were crimes of intimidation.

The FBI gathered their information from 15,254 law enforcement agencies.

Experts caution there is a big caveat with Federal Bureau of Investigation data: It's based on voluntary reporting from more than 15,000 police agencies across the country.

On Monday, Sessions said the Justice Department is awaiting a full report from a task force on steps it can take to improve training for prosecutors and investigators, boost data collection on hate crimes and partner with local officials and communities. But the number of anti-black crimes remained about even with the number reported in 2015. Hate incidents increased from 203 in 2015 to 285 in 2016.

In the FBI's press release, the types of hate crimes were classified as intimidation (44.7%), simple assault (35.7%), and aggravated assault (18.5%). There is more of a focused effort on reporting these crimes in today's political climate.

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. Incidents targeting Muslims rose 19 percent from 257 to 307 incidents. No reported crimes were motivated by a disability, gender or gender identity.

Meanwhile, 21% of crimes were motivated by religion and almost 18% by a victim's sexual orientation.