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

Marie Harrington
November 14, 2017

Note: "Anti-Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander" hate crime attacks were not included in this report as the numbers were too small to be statistically significant. The number of participating agencies also varies from year to year, so simple year-by-year comparisons are cautioned against. Wisconsin reported 34 hate crimes a year ago. These incidents are due mostly to voluntary reporting from the various agencies.

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

The Anti-Defamation League noted that almost 90 cities with more than 100,000 residents either reported no hate crimes in 2016 or did not provide any data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A number of these reports have turned out to be false. Crimes motivated by anti-Asian bias remained even.

"The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that individuals can live without fear of being a victim of violent crime based on who they are, what they believe, or how they worship", Sessions said in a statement.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the task force he appointed on crime reduction is exploring ways to revise training for police and prosecutors, and to improve data collection on hate crimes.

Incidents targeting Jews increased from 664 incidents in 2015 to 684 incidents in 2016. And Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 crimes that were motivated by religion. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes.

Since Donald Trump's election win, many mainstream media reports have centered on hate crimes being supposedly inspired by Donald Trump and his supporters.

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

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