Georgia sees decrease in hate crimes; most reported in Cobb County

14 November, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Hate crimes in the United States rose moderately a year ago, with hate-motivated incidents against several target groups, including Arabs, Muslims and transgender people, showing sharper increases, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The annual hate crimes statistics figures released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday finds that fifteen of the hate crimes reported in the state a year ago were associated with race or ethnicity.

Anti-Jewish incidents rose by three percent, anti-black hate crime fell by 0.3 percent and anti-Asian offenses remained flat, the report showed.

There were 40 hate crimes reported in the state past year, the highest number of bias-related incidents since 2010.

The rise marked the first time since 2004 that hate crime in the United States has increased two years in a row.

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

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In short, hate crimes can and do happen just about anywhere.

In an interview with KTVU on Monday, Anti-Defamation League regional director Seth Brysk said that his organization noticed a "sharp increase" of hate during the presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump kicked off previous year.

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%).

Trump repeatedly made comments during last year's campaign seen as disdainful toward blacks, Latinos, women and other groups. In Maryland, such crimes declined from 43 in 2015 to 37 in 2016. In 2014, officials reported 22 hate crimes.

"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", Mr. Sessions said. Not all departments use the same system, Cobb said.

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