Report Shows Rise In California Hate Crimes

Hate crimes are on the rise in California for the third year in a row, according to a report released by the California attorney general’s office on Monday.

There were 1,093 hate crimes reported in the state in 2017 - a 17.4 percent overall increase from 2016.

Religious-based hate crimes were up 21 percent, hate crimes based on sexuality were up 19 percent and racially-motivated hate crimes were up 16 percent.

A large portion of race-related crimes were committed against Hispanic and Latino men and women. Hate crimes against them jumped 52 percent - the most significant increase of all the groups reported on.

Records show hate crimes have been creeping up annually since 2014. They jumped around 44 percent between 2014 and 2017.

Before that, reported hate crimes in California were decreasing every year from 2007 to 2014.

These numbers, taken from state law enforcement agency reports, may not even be entirely accurate.

A recent state audit found that a number of California agencies were not keeping proper records of hate crimes.

These acts are on the rise nationally as well.

According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, they rose 4.6 percent between 2015 and 2016.

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