Hate crimes in the Los Angeles area have the highest increase in more than a decade

Hate crimes in Los Angeles have seen the highest increase in more than a decade with a 20 percent increase in reports last year.

The LA County Commission on Human Relations says 635 hate crimes were reported in the city in 2020, up from 530 in 2019 – the largest number since 2008.

The report says blacks, who make up nine percent of the county’s residents, were disproportionately targeted and accounted for 42 percent of incidents, with anti-black hate crimes an increase of 35 percent in total by 2020.

The report indicates that there were 44 hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 2020, an increase of 76 percent over 2019 and the highest number since 2001.

Commission President Guadalupe Montaño blamed Donald Trump’s rhetoric for the rise in anti-Asian violence.

“It did not help that the former president repeatedly referred to Covid-19 as ‘Kinavirus’ and ‘Kung Influenza’,” she said. Los Angeles Times.

The report says incidents reported against the Latinx community increased by 58 percent.

It also appears that crimes committed on the basis of sexual orientation increased by 17 percent, with 83 percent of them being of a violent nature.

At the same time, anti-transgender crime dropped from 42 percent to 32 percent, which is still the third largest number ever reported.

But the data show that while religious hate crimes fell by 18 percent, 88 percent of those incidents were directed at Jews.

The report notes that while the 2020 statistics are worrying, the numbers are still well below those reported in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“The pandemic exacerbated so many problems that already existed in our society, including hatred and prejudice,” said County Chief Janice Hahn.

“It is a tragedy that so many of the same communities most affected by COVID-19 in 2020 were also victims of this disturbing rise in hatred and violence.”

Meanwhile, FBI statistics show that the number of hate crimes reported to law enforcement increased by 13 percent from 2019 to 2020.

The Ministry of Justice states that more than half of all hate-motivated incidents are not reported to law enforcement.

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