Earlier this month Los Angeles City Council passed a Public Safety Committee report aimed at cracking down on hate crimes in the city. Hate crimes are up in L.A. and have been consistently rising for over 4 years. The report focuses on local law enforcement actively protecting cultural centers, like synagogues from attacks by hate crimes.
Councilmembers David Ryu, Paul Koretz, and Bob Blumenfield were instrumental in moving to introduce the legislation on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. The goal is to keep the city prepared and the communities that live in L.A. protected. The legislation includes developing a dedicated hate crime prevention hotline. It also provides instruction to have the victim’s assistance website be translated into more languages.
Hate Crimes and Los Angeles
According to the 2018 Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relationshate crime report, there was an increase in these crimes by 2.6% in 2018. That year, the number of reported hate crimes was 521 which was the largest amount the city has seen since 2009. Racially-motivated hate crimes made up the majority of hate-related crimes that year at 52%.
While religious crimes were on the decline in 2018, anti-Jewish crimes were rising by 14%. Hate crimes that where there was anti-Jewish sentiment made up an overwhelming amount of the religion-motivated crimes at 83%.
African-Americans were the most victimized in racial-hate crimes in the county and a highly victimized group in both anti-transgender crimes and sexual orientation crimes. African Americans make up 9% of those living in Los Angeles Count, but they are targeted by racial hate crimes 49% of the time.
The Metro SPA Region had the most hate crimes reported. San Fernando Valley was next for most reported hate crimes. There were 92 hate crimes that went to the District Attorney and charges were filed in 81 of those cases. There were 77 adults and four juveniles charged for hate crimes in L.A. County. Of those that were charged 64 adults received felonies while 13 received misdemeanors.
The state defines hate crimes as those which produce evidence that offenses were committed with bias, hatred, or prejudice against other’s race, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. The most prevalent factor behind hate crimes in the county was race. Sexual orientation and religion followed closely behind as motivating factors for hate crimes in 2018.
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