LA County says hate crimes have skyrocketed in 2022, with nearly 75% of them violent

Simpatizantes marchan una manifestacin contra los crmenes de odio hacia asiticos cerca del Edificio Federal de Los Angeles en el centro de Los Angeles on March 27, 2021. Photo by Damian Dovarganes, AP Photo

LA County says hate crimes have skyrocketed in 2022, with nearly 75% of them violent

LA Politics, Homepage News

Rebecca Ellis

November 29, 2023

Hate crimes in Los Angeles County rose to their highest level in two decades in 2022, according to a report released Wednesday by the county Commission on Human Relations.

The report, which the province has drawn up annually since 1980, shows that at least 929 people have been victims of hate crimes.

at the latter

year, an increase of 18% compared to 2021.

This is the largest total the county has reported since 2001, according to the report


Officials noted a sharp increase in hate crimes against Muslims and Jews since the war between Israel and Hamas began on October 1. 7, but they are not part of the 2022 report.

The report found that nearly three-quarters of crimes were violent, and that black and Jewish residents were disproportionately victims. According to the report, anti-Black hate crimes have increased by 34%. Anti-Jewish crimes


with 59%.

Nearly every race, ethnicity, nationality and religion has been targeted by hate crimes in our province, Robin Toma, executive director of the Commission on Human Relations, said at a news conference Wednesday.

Toma said he believed the rise in hate crimes was partly due to a more robust reporting system. The province launched the LA vs Hate initiative in 2020, which includes a government hotline for reporting hate crimes.

But we also know that the increase in actual hate crimes is real, because other jurisdictions we know of have reported similar increases in hate crimes, Toma said, noting that 2022 was a year in which major news stories

lingering fallout from the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol,

overturning Roe v


. Wade and, locally, the release of a recording of city leaders making racist comments may have bitterly divided voters.

The committee highlights specific examples of hate crimes that occurred last year, many of which never happened


headlines; a white man throwing a cup of coffee at a Japanese man and telling him to go back where you came from; three white men driving a truck with a Confederate flag and shouting racial slurs at two Mexican men; a black teenager in Marina Del Rey receiving a FaceTime

phone call

of a man who flashed his guns and said he was planning to carry out a mass shooting of black people.

In any given year, only a handful of hate crimes are ever reported in the media, said committee chairman Ilan Davidson. This report tells the stories of the hundreds of other nameless victims.

The report comes at a time of increasing anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim crimes after World War II

outbreak of the

Israel-Hamas was. Three Palestinian students were shot in Vermont. A 6-year-old Muslim boy was fatally stabbed in Chicago. Swastikas have appeared on school lockers and student dormitories.

We know that this is a particularly tense time with the violence and war between Hamas and Israel causing suffering not only there, but also suffering here, Toma said, adding that the committee had noted a growing number of hate crimes targeting both Muslims and Jews.

The report only runs until the end of 2022 and does not include data on the hate crimes that occurred after Hamas attacked Israel on October 1. 7, prompting Israel to bomb Gaza. But both Sheriff Robert Luna and Asst. Chef Blake Chow

of the Los Angeles Police Department

shared newer data showing that local hate crimes against Muslims and Jews had increased dramatically

since the war started in the aftermath of the war


Chow said the LAPD had seen a 267% increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes in the period between Oct. 26. November 6 and 20

compared to over

same period last year. He said hate crimes against Muslims rose 633% from three to 22.

Acts of hatred and racism have absolutely no place in this province, Luna said. Please report this.

According to the report, there were 121 anti-Latino hate crimes last year, a 3% increase from the previous year. Perpetrators typically used anti-immigrant slurs

against the anti-Mexican comments of Mexicans


a lot of

of anti-Latino crimes. The vast majority were violent.

I find it disturbing to hear that hurtful racist and anti-Mexican slurs are also being used against Latino victims of hate incidents, said County Commissioner Hilda Solis, the first Latina to serve in a prison.


Little cupboard. It’s no secret that many of us have dealt with this during our careers.

Anti-Asian hate crimes, which have risen dramatically during the pandemic with perpetrators blaming victims for the spread of COVID-19, have fallen 25% to 61%.

hate crimes

. Amid a significant decline, officials noted that this was still the second-largest number of hate crimes ever reported against Asians.

According to the report, 18 percent of hate crimes were motivated by sexual orientation, with the majority of cases targeting gay men. Forty-four anti-transgender crimes were documented, the largest number ever reported.

According to the report, 97 hate crime cases have been referred to the

LA County

district attorney in 2022. Charges were filed in 86 cases.

Every member of our community deserves to feel safe and valued

Los Angeles County

Dist. Atty. George Gascn. And we will work tirelessly to ensure that reality.


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