Georgia sees decrease in hate crimes; most reported in Cobb County

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In 2016, law enforcement reported a total of 7,615 victims of hate crimes.

As part of the 2016 report, participants in UCR's Hate Crime Statistics Program included 15,254 law enforcement agencies. In those findings, the organization determined more LGBTI people have died in hate-related homicides in 2017 so far than all of 2016.

Crimes motivated by a religious bias were the second-most reported type of hate crime.

Hate crimes happened in a variety of locations.

There were also 105 incidents against transgender people, a 44 percent increase compared to 2015. Crimes fueled by bias against LGBT people rose from 203 in 2015 to 234 a year ago.

- Hate crimes rose for the second straight year in 2016, with increases in attacks motivated by bias against blacks, Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics released Monday.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit which tracks hate groups, attributed the bump to the 2016 presidential election, in which Donald Trump assailed Muslims and Hispanics as extremists and illegal immigrants.

Since the election, discrimination against Muslims has increased and more Muslims say they fear for their place in American society.

46 percent of the perpetrators of hate crimes were white. These agencies provided from one to 12 months' worth of data about bias-motivated crime, and of those agencies, 1,776 reported one or more incidents. "Earlier this year we've seen the targeting of mosques and Sikh temples, we've seen black churches burned across the country so it all leads to the performance where people are acting out the physical violence against people who are different or not like them".

According to The Washington Post, the statistics are not completely representative of all hate crimes that have occurred in the United States in a given year.

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

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement after the report was published on November 13, The Washington Post reports.

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