The amount of hate crimes in Los Angeles County increased 15% in 2011 after three years of decline in rates. According to The Los Angeles Times, the increase is due to incidents linked to street gangs and white supremacists.
The information, released in the 2011 Hate Crimes Report by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, states that 489 hate crimes were reported in the county last year. However, the amount is the second lowest amount in the past two decades, with the record high being 1,031 in the year 2001. Additionally, hate crimes decreased by four percent across California as a whole.
While L.A. County officials did not have a single reason for the increase in rates, they revealed that almost one-fifth of the total crimes were related to white supremacist ideology, while gang members were suspects in 12% of crimes. Additionally, racism was found to be the motivation behind almost half of the incidents. Anti-African American hate crimes rose as well as crimes committed against gays, lesbians, or transgender people.
Under California law, a hate crime is an illegal incident that has a bias, prejudice, or hatred based on a victim's gender, religion, race, or sexual orientation. Under California Penal Code 422.6, anyone convicted of a hate crime can be sentenced to one year in county jail and/or a $5,000 fine, in addition to all other penalties for convictions of the criminal activity itself.
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