FBI, This Week: FBI Releases 2016 Hate Crime Statistics Report


November 13, 2017

FBI statistics show a rise in the number of reported hate crimes in 2016 when compared to the previous year.


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Mollie Halpern: FBI statistics show a rise in the number of reported hate crimes in 2016 when compared to the previous year.

Hate crimes are measured in two ways: either the offender is motivated by a single bias or multiple biases.

In 2016, 58 multiple bias hate crimes were reported, an 81 percent increase compared to the 32 reported the year before.

Deputy Assistant Director Rainer Drolshagen says the 58 multiple bias hate crimes involved 106 victims.

Rainer Drolshagen: Whether these were single bias or multiple bias crimes, they were all motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity.

Halpern: The hate crimes ranged from intimidation to rape to murder.

The number of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies who voluntarily submitted statistics to the FBI increased from about 14,997 in 2015 to 15,254 in 2016.

The FBI and the Department of Justice provides training to law enforcement to help them identify and report hate crimes.

Drolshagen: Additional participation will allow us to put together a richer picture to identify the extent of hate crimes across the country.

Halpern: To see the report, fbi.gov. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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