Hate Crime Up in IL — FBI Crime Report

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That's according to the latest FBI Uniform Crime Report on hate crimes, which shows a 4.6 percent uptick in bias-related crimes past year, nationwide.

The release explained the most common form of persecution against Muslims involves intimidation, which is defined as a "reasonable fear of bodily harm", the release noted. Another five were associated with sexual orientation; two were motivated by disability.

Commentators have pointed to U.S. President Donald Trump's incendiary racial and religious comments as a catalyst for the uptick in hate crimes. The agency collects its data from participating law enforcement officials through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

One incident based on race or ethnicity was reported in each Gilmer and Rockwall.

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The largest group of victims, 58 percent, were targeted because of race or ethnicity, the report said.

"When a presidential candidate openly vilifies immigrants, Muslims, Latinos, women, and the LGBT community, and empowers bigotry and hatred, it's not surprising that people will act out in their hate", said Arreguin.

The FBI began recording hate crime data in 1990.

About 50 percent of these hate crimes were done because of anti-Black bias.

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A victim could be a person, a business, a government entity or a religious organization. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people due to their race or ethnicity. An additional 21.1 percent were targeted because of religion, and 16.7 percent due to sexual orientation.

Hate crime victims, explained the Federal Bureau of Investigation, can be individuals, businesses, government entities, religious organisations, or society as whole, and they can be committed against persons, property, or society. Nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of Muslim-Americans say racism and discrimination are the most important problems facing Americans Muslims today. Of the 5,770 known offenders, 46 percent were white and 26 percent were African-American.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said earlier this year that it found "a dramatic jump in hate violence and incidents of harassment and intimidation around the country" in the wake of President Donald Trump's November 8, 2016 electoral win. "Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact". 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.

The exact number of offenses were 381-the highest level of reported hate crimes against Muslims in the US since 9/11. Until then, Sessions said, the department can continue to aggressively prosecute people who violate the civil rights of others.

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