FBI says hate crimes against Muslims up 67 percent in 2015
A new FBI report reveals hate crimes against Muslims in America increased 67% in 2015.
The bureau's Uniform Crime Report, which keeps track of data on hate crimes, showed that in 2015, 5,850 total hate crime incidents across the U.S. were reported to police, a 6.8% increase over the 5,479 reported the previous year.
The report documents 257 anti-Muslim hate crimes last year, up from the 154 reported in 2014.
Of the religious cases, 21% were anti-Muslim, but 53 percent were anti-Jewish.
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Nearly 57% of the total reported incidents were motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry, and 52.7% of those attacks targeted African-Americans, while 18.2% were anti-white.
According to the report, last year law enforcement agencies reported all but 19 of the 1,053 incidents regarding sexual orientation were anti-LGBT.
Among the incidents reported, 62% were crimes against persons rather than property, and the top offenses included intimidation, simple assault and aggravated assault.
Almost 15,000 law enforcement agencies participated in the FBI's Hate Crime Statistics Program.