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Nationally, there were more than 6,100 hate crimes in 2016, up about 5 percent over the previous year.

The FBI's report was consistent with a report released earlier this year by a civil rights group that found an apparent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate groups this past year.

Of the hate crimes reported in South Dakota, six were based on a victim's race or ethnicity, five were based on sexual orientation and three were based on a victim's disability.

The 2016 tallies mark an uptick from 2015, when 15 hate crimes were reported statewide.

It is crucial to note, however, while this is the most comprehensive report of hate crimes, it is still incomplete.

They also rose steadily quarter by the quarter past year to hit 1,747 in the final three months of 2016.

More than half the 4,229 racially motivated crimes were against black people, while 20 percent were against whites, the report shows.

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. The remaining incidents were perpetrated at a variety of other locations, including schools and houses of worship, commercial and government buildings, restaurants and nightclubs, parking lots and garages, playgrounds and parks, and even medical facilities.

The incidents were reported by almost 16,000 law enforcement agencies and affected a total of 7,615 victims.

Incidents targeting Jews increased from 664 incidents in 2015 to 684 incidents in 2016.

About half the 1,273 incidents involving religion were against Jews while Muslims were targeted in 307 religion-based crimes. But incidents motivated by anti-Muslim bias saw the greatest increase out of religion-motivated crimes.

"Hate crimes demand priority attention due to their special impact".


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