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Majority of Utah's hate crime is race-related, Federal Bureau of Investigation says

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By Steve Neavling

Hate crimes across the United States accelerated in 2016 as the divisive election battle that saw Donald Trump elected president progressed, Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics showed Monday. Oakland, by contrast, reported less hate crimes: From 18 in 2015, down to nine previous year. A little over 50 percent over hate crimes were due to anti-black bias in 2016, showing an increase of.8 percent from 2015's numbers. These agencies provided from one to 12 months' worth of data about bias-motivated crime, and of those agencies, 1,776 reported one or more incidents.

Six police departments reported a hate crime in 2016, including Atlanta, Conyers, the University of Georgia, along with Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett County police. The agency collects its data from participating law enforcement officials through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

An unrelated report released in February found the number of hate groups in the U.S.

"It's deeply disturbing to see hate crimes increase for the second year in a row", Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement, according to The Washington Post.

There were also 105 incidents against transgender people, a 44 percent increase compared to 2015.

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.

"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.

Incidents targeting Jews increased from 664 incidents in 2015 to 684 incidents in 2016. Crimes motivated by gender identity-bias accounted for 124 incidents.

In 2015, 32 crimes were motivated by race, five by religion, and seven by sexual orientation.

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