USA - Hate crimes reported in Los Angeles County increased in 2020

Reports of hate crimes in Los Angeles County rose to 635 last year, reaching their highest point in a dozen years and continuing a trend of increases, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the L.A. County Commission on Human Relations.

The survey showed that the 20% increase in hate crime was largely due to a 53% spike in racial crimes. Crimes targeting Blacks, Latinos, whites and Asians all rose dramatically. The increase reflects the largest numeric and percentage increase since 2003.

The current study showed that religious crimes declined 18% and comprised 13% of the total number of reported hate crimes. These were overwhelmingly antisemitic.