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Los Angeles County Hate Crimes Increase 20% Last Year

Los Angeles County saw a 20% increase in reported hate crimes in 2020, driven largely by a 53% increase in racial hate crimes.

According to a report released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Human Rights Commission, the majority of hate crimes in Los Angeles County, 75%, were directed against four groups: blacks, LGBT people, Jews and Hispanics. Connections.

The Commission previously reported a 76% increase in hate crimes against Asians in 2020.

Of these groups, only Jews reported an 18% decline in reported acts of hatred.

However, in 2019, the number of hate crimes against Jews increased by 18%, while the number of crimes against other groups decreased.

Hate crimes include violent crimes such as murder and assault, as well as some non-violent crimes such as racist graffiti.

The overall rate of violent hate crimes increased from 65% to 68% of total hate crimes, the highest rate since 2003. The group most affected by violent attacks were transgender people, especially transgender women.

Of the reported hate crimes against transgender people, about 94% were violent.

Crimes against blacks increased by 35%, from 125 cases to 169.

Even though only 9% of Los Angeles County residents are black, 42% of racial hate crime victims in the past year were black, according to the report. Blacks have also been overrepresented in attacks against transgender and LGBTQ people.

About half of the attackers in hate crimes against blacks known to the race of the attackers were white, followed by Hispanics at 42%. This is just the second time in 21 years that whites, not Hispanics, have committed the most crimes against blacks.

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In one case, according to the report, a black woman was driving to work in Torrance in December when she realized she was being followed.

A white male motorist followed her into her company parking lot. After getting out of the car, he began shouting insults at blacks, Muslims and women, threatening to kill her. The message says that the victim is not a Muslim, but there was a headscarf on his head.

Crimes against whites showed the highest growth of any racial or ethnic group, increasing 127% from 22 to 50.

The majority of the suspects – 78% – were black, followed by Hispanics with 17%.

According to the report, in a number of anti-white cases, the suspects referred to the Black Lives Matter movement.

In one case, a black man pointed a pistol at a white man and robbed him, calling him a “white devil” and shouting, “This is for George Floyd!” according to the report.

On three occasions, the suspects made remarks about former President Trump.

The Trump supporter, whose race is not included in the report, wore a Make America Great Again hat with a Trump flag attached to his bike. The black man yelled, “Damn … Trump! Damn it white people! and grabbed the flag, knocking the man down.

White people make up 28% of the county’s population, and in 2020 they accounted for 12% of victims of racially motivated crimes – the highest percentage since 2003.

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The US Department of Justice estimates that at least half of hate crimes go unnoticed. Experts generally agree that data on hate crimes are useful for identifying trends, but do not fully reflect the extent of hate crimes.

The Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission has been compiling its annual report on hate crimes since 1980 using data provided by sheriff and city law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and community organizations.

The Los Angeles metro area, which the report identified as stretching from West Hollywood to Boyle Heights, had the highest hate crime rate overall, with about 13 hate crimes per 100,000 people, followed by seven motivated crimes. hate per 100,000 people at Westside, including Beverly. The Hills, Culver City, and several beach towns.

Hispanics were the second largest victim group, accounting for 26% of racially motivated crimes. The number of reported crimes against Hispanics jumped 58%, from 67 in 2019 to 106 in 2020.

In nearly two-thirds of these crimes, the perpetrators used anti-Mexican insults.

The Commission notes in its report that while Hispanics make up about half of the Los Angeles County population, they make up a surprisingly low percentage of victims of hate crimes.

One factor may be the growing reluctance of immigrants to go to law enforcement due to fears of deportation.

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