United States / 01-11-2012
Hate crimes rise in Los Angeles, report says
Los Angeles - Despite an increase regionally in reported hate crimes, the South Bay saw a reduction in such incidents, according to the 2011 Hate Crimes Report released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.
After three straight years of dramatic declines, reported hate crimes rose in Los Angeles County last year, although they remained well below the average for the past 20 years, according to the report.
Reported hate crimes last year in the county jumped 14.5 percent from 427 to 489, which is still the second lowest number since before 1990.
Of religiously motivated crimes, 77 percent were against Jews and Jewish institutions.