US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein vowed Monday that the Department of Justice wants to reintroduce its commitment to prevent hate crimes two days after a shooter killed eleven people in a synagogue in Pittsburgh. (29 October)
WASHINGTON – Hatred offenses increased by nearly 17 percent last year and include a corresponding jump in anti-Semitic attacks, a new FBI assessment found.
The report comes weeks after a The 46-year-old man stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue and shouted anti-Semitic abuse before shooting eleven people deadly.
There was an increase of 17 percent in the attacks on the Jewish people: at least 976 offenses against 1,017 victims. That number had risen from 834 cases in which 862 people were involved last year. Although the figures rose, the agency reported that the increase corresponded to an increase in the number of instances that reported such crimes to the FBI.
Last year about 1,000 additional agencies submitted data to the office.
The report led to calls from law enforcers and civil rights advocates for a new focus on such attacks.
"This report is a call to action – and we will respond to that call," said Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Tuesday. "The highest priority of the Ministry of Justice is to reduce violent crimes in America and hate crimes are violent crimes, they are also despicable violations of our core values as Americans."
Two weeks ago, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein vowed renewed commitment to the enforcement of hate crimes across the country, citing unregulated underreporting of such incidents.
Rosenstein said that 88 percent of law enforcement agencies that provide hate crime data to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report did not report one in 2016.
"We are assessing the accuracy of those reports," Rosenstein said. "Simply because hate crimes are not reported does not mean that they do not happen." We need you to help us understand the reasons that victims love to report hate crimes. We also need to understand the barriers law enforcers and authorities face when reporting hate crimes to the FBI. & # 39;
Some civil rights groups seized Tuesday's report and claimed that the 2017 numbers were not responsible for a number of high-profile incidents, including the fatal shooting of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a Kansas bar. The anti-immigrant attack against the Indian man left Kuchibhotla's friend Alok Madasani, injured.
"The reported increase in FBI hate crime statistics justifies concern, as do the discrepancies between data on state and federal hate crimes, the omission of various known hate crime incidents and the limited number of hate crime reports in some jurisdictions," the Arab American Institute said Tuesday.
Sikh Coalition Legal Director Amrith Kaur said that law enforcement agencies need extra training to recognize and report hate motives.
"Although everyone should be shocked by these overwhelming statistics, these figures still fail to give a complete picture of the enormous size of the problem," Kaur said.
The alleged gunman in Pittsburgh's attack, Robert Bowers, was accused in a 44-count charge and could receive the death penalty if he was convicted. Federal authorities still have to decide whether they want to apply for the death penalty.
Bowers, who reportedly carried out his attack during a baby-name ceremony, did not plead guilty.
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