Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows 18 hate crimes logged in South Dakota in 2016

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Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows 18 hate crimes logged in South Dakota in 2016

The FBI's hate crime statistics lag by about a year and widely believed to underreport the extent of hate crimes in America. The victim totals could include individuals, businesses, government entities or society as a whole.

According to the agency's annual Hate Crime Statistics released Monday, 39 hate crimes were reported in the state in 2016, down five from 2015.

The annual hate crimes statistics figures released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday finds that fifteen of the hate crimes reported in the state a year ago were associated with race or ethnicity. There is more of a focused effort on reporting these crimes in today's political climate. The FBI's report shows a four-and-a-half percent increase nationally in hate crimes. But the number of anti-black crimes remained about even with the number reported in 2015. There were 4,029 single-bias incidents that targeted "Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry" in 2015, compared to 4,229 in 2016. Crimes motivated by anti-Hispanic bias increased from 299 to 344 incidents during that time, anti-Native American bias increased from 131 to 154 incidents, and anti-Arab bias increased from 37 to 51.

Six police departments reported a hate crime in 2016, including Atlanta, Conyers, the University of Georgia, along with Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett County police.

Dozens of cities with more than 100,000 residents either reported zero hate crimes or did not submit their hate crime data, according toananalysis by the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights organization, which has called for better reporting. Anti-Jewish hate crimes, anti-Islamic hate crimes, and anti-Catholic hate crimes all saw various increases in 2016. Incidents targeting Muslims rose 19 percent from 257 to 307 incidents.

"Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact".

Another 21.0 percent were for religion, and 17.7 percent sexual orientation.

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