APNewsBreak: Sikhs added to hate crime stats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will begin keeping numbers on hate crimes committed against Sikhs and six other groups, in connection with Monday’s one-year anniversary of the killing of six Sikh worshippers in Oak Creek, Wis.

The Associated Press Friday obtained a copy of Attorney General Eric Holder’s blog post of the decision, ahead of its official release later in the day. Holder said FBI Director Robert Mueller had approved a recommendation from the agency’s advisory policy board to track hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, Arabs, Buddhists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Orthodox Christians.

The addition had long been sought by members of the Sikh community.

Holder also announced a $500,000 grant for mental health and trauma services to those affected by the Oak Creek shooting, including survivors and family members.

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