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14 November 2017, 12:25 | Terri Saunders
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The number of hate crimes rose almost 5 percent across the country in 2016, according to new data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.
The stats break down the hate crimes by motivation including: race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.
The FBI's report was consistent with a report released earlier this year by a civil rights group that found an apparent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate groups this past year.
There were 40 hate crimes reported in the state past year, the highest number of bias-related incidents since 2010. Some agencies also may not determine an incident is a hate crime until after the FBI's deadline to report.
Minnesota's 2016 figures come from just 10 percent of participating agencies statewide.
Hate crimes happened in a variety of locations.
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Meanwhile, 21% of crimes were motivated by religion and almost 18% by a victim's sexual orientation.
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 previous year.
The FBI began recording hate crime data in 1990. In Maryland, such crimes declined from 43 in 2015 to 37 in 2016.
On Monday, Sessions said the Justice Department is awaiting a full report from a task force on steps it can take to improve training for prosecutors and investigators, boost data collection on hate crimes and partner with local officials and communities.
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.
"No person should have to fear being violently attacked because of who they are, what they believe, of how they worship", US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
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