Meanwhile, nearly one in five of last year's hate crimes were motivated by prejudices related to sexual orientation, 63 percent of them targeting gay men.
Hate crimes across the United States accelerated in 2016 as the divisive election battle that saw Donald Trump elected president progressed, Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics showed Monday.
While the data provides a way to compare annual hate crime statistics, the number of actual hate crime incidents is believed to drastically under reported, according to advocacy groups.
Nationally, there were more than 6,100 hate crimes in 2016, up about 5 percent over the previous year.
Minnesota's 2016 figures come from just 10 percent of participating agencies statewide. It marks the second year in a row hate crimes have increased.
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Of the 7,615 overall victims, 4,720 were victims of crimes against persons (both adults and juveniles), 2,813 were victims of crimes against property, and 82 were victims of hate crimes categorized as crimes against society (e.g., weapons violations, drug offenses, gambling).
In an interview with KTVU on Monday, Anti-Defamation League regional director Seth Brysk said that his organization noticed a "sharp increase" of hate during the presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump kicked off a year ago.
Hate crimes in Maryland, however, have decreased 14 percent, according to the data. The remaining agencies reported no hate crimes occurred within their jurisdictions. There were 307 crimes against Muslims in 2016, up from 257 in 2015, which at the time was the highest number since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Not all departments use the same system, Cobb said. In the meantime, Session said, the department can continue to aggressively prosecute people who violate the civil rights of others.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions also doubled down on the importance of addressing hate crimes.