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

By Steve Neavling

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.

Of the departments that recorded a hate crime, the majority- 25 incidents, or 64 percent - occurred in Cobb County.

According to The Huffington Post, the Federal Bureau of Investigation report is the most complete information on hate crimes in the divisive election year 2016, and supports data from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which documented a wave of such events in months after elections.

Meanwhile, nearly one in five of last year's hate crimes were motivated by prejudices related to sexual orientation, 63 percent of them targeting gay men.

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

The rise marked the first time since 2004 that hate crime in the United States has increased two years in a row.

The FBI began recording hate crime data in 1990.

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. 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.

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.

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

"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe or how they worship", he said.

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