L.A. County Sees Rise in Hate Crimes for Fourth Straight Year

The Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations released its annual report on hate crimes in the state’s most populous county Thursday. It concludes that crimes motivated by race, religion or sexual orientation have risen again for the fourth straight year.

L.A. County saw 508 total hate crimes in 2017, up from 482 in 2016 (an increase of 5%). Hate crimes against Latinos and blacks rose, while those motivated by religion remained the same. Attacks on LGBT individuals dropped slightly.

The Metro Service Planning Area (SPA) Region IV, which stretches from West Hollywood to Boyle Heights, saw the largest number of hate crimes in 2017, followed by the San Fernando Valley. Gang-related hate crimes, particularly between African Americans and Latinos, continue to be a problem in L.A.

L.A. County isn’t the only jurisdiction experiencing this phenomenon. Orange County’s Human Relations Commission issued its report last month, showing an increase in hate crimes for the third straight year. Statewide, hate crimes have risen 17%.