"It's deeply disturbing to see hate crimes increase for the second year in a row", said Jonathan Greenblatt, national director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. The two largest percentages of hate crime incidents took place in or near residences (27.3 percent) and on or near some type of roadway (18.4 percent).
Six hate crimes were related to religion, while five were associated with sexual orientation. The agency collects its data from participating law enforcement officials through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. A little over 50 percent over hate crimes were due to anti-black bias in 2016, showing an increase of.8 percent from 2015's numbers.
"There's a risky disconnect between the rising problem of hate crimes and the lack of credible data being reported", said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt.
Experts caution there is a big caveat with Federal Bureau of Investigation data: It's based on voluntary reporting from more than 15,000 police agencies across the country.
There were eight reports of religion motivated hate crimes previous year but zero reports of gender motivated hate crimes. But the number of anti-black crimes remained about even with the number reported in 2015. The number of participating agencies also varies from year to year.
"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", Mr. Sessions said. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes.
Of the 6,121 criminal incidents reported, 6,063 were single-bias incidents (there were also 58 multiple-bias incidents).
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.