Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows hate crimes appeared to drop in Wisconsin

Over 6000 hate crimes recorded against Hindus Sikhs in US FBI

There were 6,121 hate crimes in the USA last year, up from 5,850 the year before, according to the FBI's Hate Crime Statistics, 2016. More than half of the incidents were motivated by the victim's race, ethnicity or ancestry. Approximately 22 percent of the hate crime incidents took place at other or multiple locations while location was unknown for approximately 13 percent of the hate crime incidents.

"To reverse this disturbing trend toward increased hatred and societal division, we must stand up to bigotry and the targeting of minority groups", he added. "They not only hurt one victim, but they also intimidate and isolate a victim's whole community and weaken the bonds of our society".

"The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that individuals can live without fear of being a victim of violent crime based on who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement. And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1 538 crimes that were motivated by religion. Of the 5,770 known offenders, 46 percent were white, and 26 percent were African-American. 26 percent of the crimes were connected to bias against women, while 10 percent of the crimes were connected bias against males. A further 24.5 percent of cases were motivated by anti-Islamic bias. Fifty-four percent of these incidents were anti-Jewish, and 25 percent were anti-Muslim.

"In reality, a hate crime must first involve an underlying criminal act which can be prosecuted", Curry said.

Of 111 hate-crimes reported by law enforcement agencies in IL, 21 were on the basis of sexual orientation and three were on the basis of gender identity. The plurality of the remainder, 44.7 percent of overall incidents, were for intimidation.

There were 1,076 incidents involving lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, with nearly two-thirds of those targeting gay men. The lack of mandatory reporting means that the Federal Bureau of Investigation data, while helpful, paints a very incomplete picture of hate crimes against LGBTQ Americans.

"There's a unsafe disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A Greenblatt, who called for an "all-hands-on-deck approach" to address underreporting.

"I was pleased to learn on November 3, 2017 that the trial resulted in a conviction, and the man now faces life in prison", Sessions said of the Johnson case in his response to the report.

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