The Good, The Bad, The Ugly About The L.A. Hate Crime Report - Los Angeles Local News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

From Anchor Tony McEwing

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly About The L.A. Hate Crime Report

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Hate crimes. It's never a comfortable or pleasant subject of conversation but at least the latest hate crime report contains some positive . The good news is that, overall, hate crimes in L.A. County dropped by 6% in 2012 compared to the year before. According to the L.A. County Commission on Human Relations, there were 489 hate crimes in the county in 2011. That number dropped to 462 last year. It's a downward trend that started in 2007.
Better still, it's the second lowest level of hate crimes in 23 years.

Here's why. Asians and Middle Easterners were victimized less frequently last year. Also, the number of simple assaults and vandalism with anti-religious messages decreased as well. County officials insist the drop has a lot to do with an increased focus on hate crimes by both federal and local law enforcement agencies. Specifically targeting groups of thugs who notoriously commit racially-motivated crimes. Warfare between Latino and black gangs, for example, has been particularly problematic in the past.

Now for the bad news. Hate crimes against Latinos were up slightly last year after seeing a sharp decline beginning in 2008. Worse yet, four groups make up 86% of all the county's hate crime victims: African-Americans, Latinos, Jews, gays and lesbians. But perhaps the ugliest thing about the report is that it has to be done at all. That in this enlightened day and age, people are still being attacked for no reason other than what they look like or who or what they choose to worship. Sadly, some things never change.

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