FBI Releases 2016 Hate Crime Statistics

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program released the 2016 Hate Crime Statistics for bias-motivated incidents reported throughout the U.S.

The newest report—which provides information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes—reveals that for 2016, law enforcement agencies reported 6,121 criminal incidents that were motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity.

The Program included 15,254 law enforcement agencies that provided from 1 to 12 months worth of data about bias-motivated crime, and of those agencies, 1,776 reported at least 1 incident. In 2016, race was reported for 5,770 known hate crime offenders. Of these offenders:

  • 46.3 percent were White.
  • 26.1 percent were Black or African American.
  • 7.7 percent were groups made up of individuals of various races (group of multiple races).
  • 0.8 percent (46 offenders) were Asian.
  • 0.8 percent (45 offenders) were American Indian or Alaska Native.
  • 0.1 percent (7 offenders) were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
  • 18.1 percent were unknown.

Of the 6,121 criminal incidents reported, 6,063 were single-bias incidents (there were also 58 multiple-bias incidents). Of the single-bias incidents:

  • 57.5 percent were motivated by a race, ethnicity or ancestry bias;
  • 21.0 percent were motivated by a religious bias;
  • 17.7 percent were motivated by a sexual orientation bias;
  • The remaining incidents were motivated by a gender identity, disability, or gender bias.

27.3% of the hate crime incidents took place in or near residences and 18.4% were on or near some type of roadway. The rest of the incidents occurred at a variety of locations, including schools and houses of worship, commercial and government buildings, restaurants and nightclubs, parking lots and garages, playgrounds and parks, and even medical facilities.Of the 7,615 overall victims from 2016, 4,720 were victims of crimes against persons (both adults and juveniles), 2,813 were victims of crimes against property, and 82 were victims of hate crimes categorized as crimes against society (e.g., weapons violations, drug offenses, gambling).Attorney General Jeff Session released a statement in response to the FBI report:

“No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, or how they worship.

“In June, the Hate Crimes Subcommittee of the Justice Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety met with representatives from affected communities. The subcommittee continues to explore ways to expand and improve training for federal, state, and local prosecutors and investigators; improve data collection of hate crimes; and to create even better partnerships with local law enforcement and affected communities.

“The full report of the Task Force is due in January, but there are actions we can take now, like continuing to aggressively prosecute those who violate an individuals’ civil rights. Most recently, the Justice Department cross-designated a Civil Rights Division prosecutor to assist in the trial of an Iowa man accused of murdering Kedarie Johnson, a transgender teenager. I was pleased to learn on November 3, 2017 that the trial resulted in a conviction, and the man now faces life in prison.

“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.”

(Article By James Carter)