Hate crimes in US reach highest level in 12 years

Hate crimes in US reach highest level in 12 years

Hate crimes across the US rose to their highest level in more than a decade last year, the agency said Monday.

The US saw 7,314 hate crimes in 2019, up from 7,120 in 2018 — and the highest level in 12 years, according to a new FBI report.

Fifty-one people were killed in hate attacks in 2019 — including the 22 murdered in an El Paso Walmart massacre that authorities say was carried out by a gunman targeting Hispanics.

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That is the highest number of hate-motivated murders since the FBI began tracking such statistics in the early 1990s.

The FBI’s annual report defines hate crimes as those motivated by bias based on a person’s race, religion or sexual orientation, among other categories.

Religious groups have been increasingly targeted, as officials saw a nearly 14 percent increase in attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions, the report found.

That surge in violence was felt acutely in New York City, with Mayor

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