Majority of Utah's hate crime is race-related, Federal Bureau of Investigation says

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About 57 percent of the 6,121 incidents reported to law enforcement were motivated by race or ethnicity, with the half of race-related crimes motivated by anti-black bias.

Hate crimes in the United States rose moderately a year ago, with hate-motivated incidents against several target groups, including Arabs, Muslims and transgender people, showing sharper increases, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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.

About half the 1,273 incidents involving religion were against Jews while Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes.

It is crucial to note, however, while this is the most comprehensive report of hate crimes, it is still incomplete.

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

The FBI released its annual report on hate crime data for 2016, revealing that 4,229 single-bias hate crime offenses were done on the basis of race.

In incidents where the perpetrators were identified, the Federal Bureau of Investigation found that about 58% of crimes were motivated by the victims' race, ethnicity or ancestry.

An unrelated report released in February found the number of hate groups in the U.S.

At the time, Cobb police said the higher number could be attributed to a computer system that lets officers designate an incident as a hate crime. Anti-white incidents increased from 613 incidents in 2015 to 720 incidents in 2016.

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement on Monday.

Crimes motivated by a religious bias were the second-most reported type of hate crime. Crimes motivated by gender identity-bias accounted for 124 incidents.

The latest overall figure included sharper spikes in hate crimes targeting several minority groups.

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