Hate crimes overall climb 4.6 percent

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Of those 4,229 crimes, 20.7 percent of them (909 total) were carried out due to "anti-white bias", the Federal Bureau of Investigation noted. That is an increase from the more than 5,800 incidents reported in 2015.

As part of the 2016 report, participants in UCR's Hate Crime Statistics Program included 15,254 law enforcement agencies.

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. Utah Highway Patrol saw the highest number of race-related hate crimes with 10 incidents reported.

Nearly 20 percent of racial hate crimes during 2016 were committed due to "anti white bias" showing a 15 percent increase in anti white hate crimes since 2015, according to the FBI Data.

The FBI's hate crime statistics lag by about a year and widely believed to underreport the extent of hate crimes in America.

The incidents were reported by almost 16,000 law enforcement agencies and affected a total of 7,615 victims.

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However, anti-white and anti-Hispanic race-motivated crimes both increased in 2016.

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.

"There's a unsafe disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League.

The remaining incidents were motivated by a gender identity, disability, or gender bias. Civil-rights groups, however, say the figures are deeply flawed because of what they say is systemic under-reporting. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said it would be a top focus of his Justice Department. More than half those incidents were motivated by the victim's race.

Of the incidents motivated by religious bias, slightly more than 50 percent of the reported offenses were anti-Jewish and about one-quarter were anti-Muslim, according to the FBI's data. In Ogden there were 4 reports of hate crimes against someone's sexual orientation; in all there were nine reports of sexual orientation hate crimes.

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

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