Hate crimes down in Wisconsin

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Nationally, there were more than 6,100 hate crimes in 2016, up about 5 percent over the previous year.

The FBI says it collects this information so as to better understand and combat hate crimes across the nation. Some of those hate-crimes involved Muslins, Jews, and members of the LGBT community. "This year alone, at least 25 transgender woman have been murdered in the US -a vast majority of them women of color". Another 1,076 hate crimes were linked to with sexual orientation, while other incidents were linked to disability, gender and gender-identity.

The report can be read at bit.ly/2mpyJvl.

The FBI also says the statistics may be misleading.

The number for hate crimes against Sikhs, whose population is estimated to be 500,000, went up from six in 2015 to seven in 2016.

The majority of incidents, 58.9 percent, were motivated by bias against the victim's race, ethnicity, or ancestry. The plurality of the remainder, 44.7 percent of overall incidents, were for intimidation. "Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact". Thousands of law enforcement agencies throughout the country did not submit any data.

Jurisdictions with populations of more than 250,000 were among the thousands of. law enforcement agencies across the country that did not submit hate crimes data, and the vast majority of those - 88 percent - simply indicated to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that no hate crimes had occurred. Anti-Islamic hate crimes made up 24.8 percent of those crimes in 2016, up from 22.2 percent the year before. 63 percent of the crimes were related to bias against homosexual males, while 22 percent represented bias against homosexuals in general, bisexuals, and transgender individuals.

More than half the 4 229 racially motivated crimes were against black people, while 20% were against whites, the report shows.

The FBI and the justice department did not make that connection.

Since the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.

The FBI has reported an increase in hate crimes in the U.S. for a second consecutive year, with Hindus and Sikhs among those targeted in the more than 6,000 incidents of crimes motivated by biases towards religions, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

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