The FBI stated that 88 percent of jurisdictions willingly participating in the program reported that no hate crimes occurred in their jurisdictions that year. Oakland, by contrast, reported less hate crimes: From 18 in 2015, down to nine a year ago.
Eighteen hate crimes were reported in South Dakota a year ago, with the bulk of victims targeted for their race or ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Of those crimes previous year, 25 were motivated by race, two by religion, and 12 by sexual orientation.
Of the hate crimes reported in South Dakota, six were based on a victim's race or ethnicity, five were based on sexual orientation and three were based on a victim's disability.
In a statement addressing the report Monday, the Anti-Defamation League focused on the overall increase in reported hate crimes.
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In California, the numbers also rose along with the rest of the nation: From 837 hate crimes in 2015 to 931 in 2016. "Police departments that do not report credible data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation risk sending the message that this is not a priority issue for them, which may threaten community trust in their ability and readiness to address hate violence".
Even before a Trump presidency gave us an executive order barring immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries and a ban against transgender troops serving in the military, hate crimes in the United States increased in 2016, the second year in a row.
At the time, Cobb police said the higher number could be attributed to a computer system that lets officers designate an incident as a hate crime.
"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement after the report was published on November 13, The Washington Post reports.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department is now engaging with state and local leaders and to find ways to better prevent and prosecute hate crimes. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes. Crimes motivated by bias against Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians both declined.