According to preliminary midyear data from the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, hate crime in the city of Los Angeles has continued to rise. Such incidents surged 12.6 percent compared to the same time period last year. According to the center’s data, the increase would put Los Angeles on track for a fourth straight year of hate-crime increases. Researchers used data from the Los Angeles Police Department to measure violent aggravated assaults and other incidents motivated by hate. Criminal justice professor Brian Levin, the report’s author, stated:
The combination of an escalating set of connected rallies, increasing polarization and political instability, coupled with the dawn of a new academic year for universities, means this trend likely has not yet peaked.
Surprisingly, Los Angeles’ midyear increase was mild compared with other cities. In comparison to Los Angeles, Long Beach saw a preliminary surge of 700 percent this year; San Jose, 400 percent; San Francisco, 100 percent; Portland, Oregon, 233 percent; and New York, 28 percent. Preliminary figures show that the number of hate crimes in the city of Los Angeles through the end of July was 161, compared to 143 during the same time period in 2016. According to the report, Los Angeles had the third largest number of hate crimes in the nation, with only New York (380 reported hate crimes) and Boston (275 reported hate crimes) reporting more. The report also found that local hate crimes against African-Americans were up from 48 to 54 last year; from 19 to 25 for Latinos; and from 3 to 7 for Asian-Americans and Asian-Pacific Americans. This report is certainly shocking and hopefully something is done to reduce the number of hate crimes committed in the United States.