Reflecting a trend from recent years, the FBI reported more than a 17-percent rise in hate crimes in the United States.
The latest annual report showed 7,175 bias crimes in 2017 that targeted 8,493 victims based on race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation and ethnicityup from 6,121 in 2016. FBI.gov also noted that the number of law enforcement agencies reporting hate crime data increased as well, with approximately 1,000 additional agencies contributing information.
In Illinois, 32 agencies reported 82 hate crimes. California led the nation, with 232 agenies reporting 1,094 incidents.
In addition, there were 1,130 incidents nationwide involving sexual orientation, and 119 connected to gender identity. Sexual orientation was the motivation for 15.8 percent of single-bias incidents, with gender identity accounting for 1.6 percent.
The full report is at ucr.fbi.gov/hate-crime/2017 .