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Tennessee, Kentucky among Top 12 in nation for hate crime incidents in 2016 per FBI report

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) newest report on hate crimes for 2016 found an uptick of criminal incidents compared to 2015.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) newest report on hate crimes for 2016 found an uptick of criminal incidents compared to 2015.

The statistics, compiled by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), reported 6,121 criminal incidents motivated by bias towards race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity.

The totals represent an increase of 271 criminal incidents compared to the 5,850 reported in 2015.

Using data compiled by the FBI from local law enforcement agencies, Tennessee reported 142 incidents in 2016. Excluding Hawaii --which did not submit totals-- the total ranks the state 12th in the nation for hate crime incidents. Neighboring Kentucky had the 9th-highest total with 206 incidents.

In Tennessee, the most-frequent bias motivation for hate crimes was race, ethnicity, or ancestry, with 93 such incidents. The second-highest total was 25 incidents of bias based on sexual orientation.

Shelby County led the state with 16 incidents of bias based on race, ethnicity, or ancestry, followed by Jamestown (7), Metro Nashville (5), Alcoa (4), and Cleveland (4).

The City of Memphis reported seven incidents bias based on sexual orientation, followed by Nashville with five incidents.

Statewide, there were 18 hate crime reported that involved aggravated assault, 62 involving simple-assault, and 44 incidents involving intimidation.

Nationally, California led all states with 931 incidents of hate crimes reported, followed by 595 in New York, 442 in Ohio, 399 in Michigan, 391 in Massachusetts, 387 in Washington state, and 282 in New Jersey.

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