Additional FBI data shows that more than half of the bias-motivated crimes reported in MA were related to the race or ethnicity of the victim. Within the past decade, hate crimes hit an apex in 2012, and more than 50 percent (77 of 144 reported crimes) of those hate incidents were listed as race-based attacks or harassment incidents.
Most of the victims in the 2016 data, 58.9 percent, were targeted due to their race or ethnicity. Council spokesperson Corey Saylor said the report just "confirms everything we've already known.Hate crimes went up".
However, the Sikh Coalition contested the Federal Bureau of Investigation figures, stating that violence against the Sikh American community continues to be under-reported.
Wisconsin's 2016 figures were reported by 18 - or roughly 4 percent - of a total of 414 agencies participating in the program statewide.
Ironically, amid all the vocal protesting across the country against racism, as seen in the national anthem protests, the data shows a decrease in anti-black hate crimes.
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The report was based on data voluntarily submitted by about 15,000 law enforcement agencies. A majority of them were racially motivated. Manchester reported one incident in 2016, associated with sexual orientation.
"There's a risky disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt in a statement. Among the religiously-motivated ones, 54 per cent of the crimes targeted members of the Jewish community, while about 25 per cent targeted Muslims.
The state of Vermont ranks among the top 10 in the country when it comes to the most hate crimes per capita. Additionally, of 4,222 known offenders, approximately 26 percent were reported as "Not Hispanic or Latino", 8 percent as "Hispanic or Latino", while ethnicity was largely unknown for about 64 percent of the offenders. The letter also highlights the coalition's broader priorities to help inform the DOJ's plan of action to prevent and respond to hate violence. A Pew survey conducted throughout the first half of 2017 found that three-quarters (75 percent) of Muslim-Americans say there is "a lot" of discrimination against Muslims living in the United States.
In Rockford, there were five reported hate crimes. In the meantime, Sessions said, the department can continue to aggressively prosecute people who violate the civil rights of others.
"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a press statement.