Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows hate crimes appeared to drop in Wisconsin

Randolph Lopez
November 14, 2017

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. Some agencies also may not determine an incident is a hate crime until after the FBI's deadline to report.

The remaining incidents were motivated by a gender identity, disability, or gender bias.

There were seven anti-Sikh incidents, up from six; 10 anti-Hindu hate crimes, up from five, and 105 anti-transgender hate crimes, up from 73.

Wisconsin's 2016 figures were reported by 18 — or roughly 4 percent — of a total of 414 agencies participating in the program statewide.

The number of hate crimes rose almost 5 percent across the country in 2016, according to new data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday. A number of these reports have turned out to be false.

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At the same time, attacks or incidents against Latinos increased by 15 percent, and against whites and Arabs rose by 38 and 17 percent, respectively.

On Monday, Sessions said the Justice Department is awaiting a full report from a task force on steps it can take to improve training for prosecutors and investigators, boost data collection on hate crimes and partner with local officials and communities. In 2015, this number was 734, indicating a 19.34 percent increase.

About half the 1,273 incidents involving religion were against Jews while Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes. Anti-Jewish hate crimes, anti-Islamic hate crimes, and anti-Catholic hate crimes all saw various increases in 2016.

"There's a risky disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt, who called for an "all-hands-on-deck approach" to address underreporting.

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