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Number of Reported Hate Crimes Surges in New Hampshire

Number of Reported Hate Crimes Surges in New Hampshire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Hate crimes in Minnesota rose for the second straight year in 2016, with the bulk of crimes motivated by the victim's race or ethnicity.

And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 religion-motivated crimes.

There were eight reports of religion motivated hate crimes previous year but zero reports of gender motivated hate crimes. In 2015 and 2016, that number was driven by crimes against people due to their race or ethnicity.

In California, the numbers also rose along with the rest of the nation: From 837 hate crimes in 2015 to 931 in 2016.

Minnesota's 2016 figures come from just 10 percent of participating agencies statewide.

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.

In an interview with KTVU on Monday, Anti-Defamation League regional director Seth Brysk said that his organization noticed a "sharp increase" of hate during the presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump kicked off past year. The two largest percentages of hate crime incidents took place in or near residences (27.3 percent) and on or near some type of roadway (18.4 percent). There were 307 crimes against Muslims in 2016, up from 257 in 2015, which at the time was the highest number since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Six police departments reported a hate crime in 2016, including Atlanta, Conyers, the University of Georgia, along with Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett County police. "Police departments that do not report credible data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation risk sending the message that this is not a priority issue for them, which may threaten community trust in their ability and readiness to address hate violence".

Amid a wave of bomb threats against Jewish centers in March, the SPLC said the heated campaign had fueled an increase in the "use of slurs and other derogatory language" across the U.S.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions also doubled down on the importance of addressing hate crimes.

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