A report released by the California Department of Justice documents a 17.4 percent increase in the number of hate crime events reported in 2017. The survey shows an increase from 931 hate crime events in 2016, to 1,093 in 2017.
Other takeaways from the “Hate Crime in California” report:
Hate crime events involving a racial bias increased 16 percent — from 519 in 2016, to 602 in 2017.
- Anti-black or African-American bias events rose from 251 in 2016 to 302 in 2017, an increase of 20.3 percent.
- Anti-Hispanic or Latino bias events rose from 83 in 2016 to 126 in 2017, an increase of 51.8 percent.
Hate crime events involving religious bias increased 21.1 percent — from 171 in 2016, to 207 in 2017.
- Anti-Jewish bias events rose from 82 in 2016, to 104 in 2017, an increase of 26.8 percent.
- Anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias events rose from 37 in 2016, to 46 in 2017.
Hate crime events involving a sexual orientation bias increased 18.8 percent — from 207 in 2016, to 246 in 2017.
- Anti-gay (male) bias events rose from 152 in 2016 to 172 in 2017, an increase of 13.2 percent.
California has 75 hate groups, the largest concentration of hate groups in the nation. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups rose nationally from 917 in 2016, to 954 in 2017.
View our map below that shows the hate crime events for the last three years by county.
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2 arrested in possible hate crime attack on Sikh man
Published by NBC News
Police believe the teenagers, one the son of a California police chief, may have been trying to rob the victim.
Sikh Man Attacked in Hate Crime: ‘My Turban Really Saved Me’
Published by The New York Times
Surjit Malhi, 50, was attacked last week by two men and was told to “go back to your country.”
Blaze Bernstein murder case: Samuel Woodward charged with a hate crime, DA says
Published by The Orange County Register
The Orange County district attorney said the murder of Lake Forest college student Blaze Bernstein was a hate crime.
Video: Make California Hate Again
Hate crimes have increased 17.4 percent — from 931 incidents in 2016, to 1,093 incidents in 2017.
Woman arrested in assault of 91-year-old Mexican man who was told to ‘go back to your country’
Published by The Washington Post
Rodolfo Rodriguez, a permanent resident of the United States, had been attacked with a brick and taken to the hospital with a broken cheekbone and two broken ribs.
Hollywood stabbing of trans woman investigated as hate crime
Published by ABC 7 News
Los Angeles police are investigating the stabbing of a trans woman in Hollywood as a possible hate crime.
Teacher’s noose gesture at black student is a ‘hate incident,’ not a hate crime, Calif. police say
Published by The Sacramento Bee
A white high school teacher reportedly telling a black student to “stay away from me” before using an exercise rope to make a noose around his own neck.
More hate crimes in California than police identified, state audit finds
Published by The Sacramento Bee
California is undercounting hate crimes, according to a state audit released Thursday, because outdated policies have led law enforcement agencies to misidentify or fail to report incidents.
Turlock woman was punched in alleged hate crime
Published by The Modesto Bee
A Turlock woman was punched in the face Sunday in an apparent hate crime being investigated by Turlock police.
California Man Suspected Of Rainbow Flag Theft, Bomb Threats
Published by CBS 13 Sacramento
Investigators say a 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing rainbow flags and threatening bomb attacks against gay people and sheriff’s deputies in a Northern California resort town.
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