Hate crime is down in Los Angeles County by 6% in 2012, from 2011. According to a report released by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, this is actually LA County's second-lowest level of hate crime activity in the past 23 years, with the most violent year being fairly recent -- in 2011, reports the Los Angeles Times.
While there has been progress, the study reveals that there is still plenty of work to be done. What other important results were reported? Here's a general overview of hate crime in LA.
Still Many Concerns
Among the findings of the study, here are some other important statistics to note:
- 462 hate crimes total were reported in LA county
- Vandalism cases made up about a third of the reported hate crimes
- Both vandalism and simple assault have decreased
- Aggravated assaults increased from 63 in 2011 to 88 in 2012
- There were three cases of attempted murder in 2012
- There was also an increase in hate crimes between Blacks and Latinos from 2011 to 2012, with a greater percentage of those crimes being violent.
A Brief History of Hate Crimes in California
Despite some troubling numbers, there have been leaps and bounds of progress in our country's hate crime history. Hatred is not far in the past; incidents of lynching and church burning in Mississippi occurred only a few decades ago, in 1964, while the police beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles, in 1991, was just over 22 years ago.
The future, as illuminated by this report, shows there is an astounding level of change to be had, and this kind of crime based on hate can relent.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of hate crime, you can call the Los Angeles Police Department's anonymous tip line at 800-222-TIPS. If it is a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. Increased awareness and addressing the issue can only help to contribute to our country's, and LA's, progress.
You should also consider contacting a local, experienced civil rights attorney who can help you review your options so that you can properly seek out justice.