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Los Angeles County hate crime reports increased 20% in 2020

Posted at 12:56 PM, Nov 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-10 15:56:20-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of hate crimes reported last year in Los Angeles County was the highest in 12 years, led by a spike in racial crimes.

The county Commission on Human Relations said Wednesday in an annual report that the 635 hate crimes reported in 2020 marked a 20% increase over the previous year, and 61% were racist crimes.

African Americans were 42% of racial crime victims as anti-Black crimes increased 35% to 169. Crimes reported against Latinos, whites and Asians also jumped.

The human relations commission compiles and analyzes data from law enforcement agencies, educational institutions and community-based organizations.