Via Gabriel Cristover Perez of KUT News

Austin Saw Uptick In Hate Crimes In 2016, FBI Report Says


By Megan Menchaca

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According to the FBI, the number of hate crimes committed in Austin increased by over 35 percent from 2015 to 2016. 

 

Hate crimes are any criminal incidents motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, sexual orientation religion, gender or gender identity or disability. In 2015, Austin police recorded 13 of these hate crimes, and in 2016, the FBI tallied 19. 

 

According to The Austin-American Statesman, among the 19 incidents in 2016, 10 were motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry, six were based on sexual orientation, two were based on religion and one was based on gender identity.

 

Law enforcement agencies across Texas reported a total of 178 hate crimes last year, 13 fewer than the 191 reported in 2015. However, that number is still higher than the 145 and 132 reported in 2014 and 2013 respectively. 

 

These reports come as hate-fueled incidents have surged in the United States and abroad over the past year. After last year’s presidential election, white supremacists and hate groups have become increasingly emboldened, causing them to commit more offenses.

 

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