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Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows 18 hate crimes logged in South Dakota in 2016

14 November 2017

The report, which gathered information submitted by law enforcement agencies across the country, revealed that almost all hate crimes were based on a single bias, with 57.5 percent motivated by race or ethnicity bias, 21 percent motivated by a religious bias and 17.7 percent motivated by a sexual orientation bias.

Black Americans were targeted in about half the 3,489 incidents based on race, ethnicity or ancestry, the report said, followed by whites who were targeted in 720.

There were 6,121 hate crimes in the USA last year, up from 5,850 the year before, according to the FBI's Hate Crime Statistics, 2016.

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About half the 1,273 incidents that involved religion were against Jews.

The hate crimes based on race and ethnicity made up 3,489 of the crimes, up from 3,310 a year earlier, the Federal Bureau of Investigation report said.

Hate crimes in North Dakota appeared to drop for the second straight year in 2016, but authorities warn against making year-by-year comparisons because the number of participating agencies changes each year.

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Singh said it will be hard for the country to mobilise political will and resources necessary to address the issue if law enforcement agencies fail to document true extent of hate crimes.

Minnesota reported 119 hate crimes past year, up from 109 in 2015.

The figures are a big drop from 2015, when the state reported 36 hate crimes. Religion-related hate crimes came second, with Jews and Muslims targeted the most. Anti-Jewish incidents rose by 3 percent, while anti-Muslim incidents rose by 20 percent.

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North Dakota reported eight hate crimes a year ago. That year, almost 17 percent of participating police agencies reported incidents.

Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows 18 hate crimes logged in South Dakota in 2016