FBI report: Hate crimes increase against Muslims

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2015 file photo, Aiden Abdelaziz, 2, attends prayers with his father, Mohamed Abdelaziz, 22, originally from Cairo, Egypt, at Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va. Americans are more likely to say protecting religious liberties of Christians is important than to say the same for Muslims, according to a new poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) — Hate crimes against Muslims in the United States increased by 67 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to a report released Monday by the FBI.

The statistics come from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Compared to the FBI’s report in 2014, incidents involving Muslims increased from 154 to 257 in 2015.

The numbers show an increase in hate crimes against African Americans as well. In total, law enforcement counted 371 more hate crimes in 2015 than the previous year.

Hate crimes included in these stats can be against people, property or society. The data shows 65 percent of the offenses were against people while 34 percent were against property.

According to the FBI, the offenses against people included 18 murders and 12 rapes.

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