Hate crimes rise nationwide in 2015, though SF’s remain low

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There were 28 reported hate crimes in San Francisco last year, according to the FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics report that was released Monday, which also noted that hate crimes were on the rise nationally with California at the top of the heap.

But the number of hate crimes in San Francisco in 2015 remained relatively low compared to the rest of the state, which had 837 reported hate crimes.

The top reported hate crime — there were 10 — in San Francisco was linked to ethnicity of ancestry followed by nine incidents linked to sexual orientation. There were six hate crimes linked to religion that were reported and three linked to gender identity.

Nationally, the FBI received a 6.5 percent increase in reports of single hate crime incidents, rising from 5,462 to 5,818.

The vast majority of incidents were motivated by a bias against non whites; the largest group targeted — in 1,745 incidents — were aimed at black people. Only 613 of the cases targeted white people.

The data was collected from 14,997 agencies.

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