December 6, 2023
Ladies held indicators at a prayer vigil condemning white supremacy and anti-Asian racism. Photograph by Chris Stone

Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta launched a report displaying hate crime rose 20.2% in California final 12 months, with the largest bounce in crimes involving sexual orientation bias.

His workplace’s 2022 Hate Crime in California Report launched Tuesday counted 2,120 hate crime incidents in 2022, 357 greater than the 1,763 tallied in 2021. 

Crimes concentrating on Blacks remained essentially the most prevalent and elevated 27.1% from 513 in 2021 to 652 in 2022, whereas anti-Asian crimes decreased by 43.3% from 247 in 2021 to 140 in 2022.

Hate crimes involving sexual orientation bias rose 29.0% from 303 in 2021 to 391 in 2022, and anti-Jewish crimes elevated 24.3% from 152 in 2021 to 189 in 2022

“This report is a stark reminder that there’s nonetheless a lot work to be completed to fight hate in our state. I urge native companions and legislation enforcement to overview these findings and recommit to taking motion,” Bonta stated.

“The alarming will increase in crimes dedicated towards Black, LGBTQ+ and Jewish individuals for the second 12 months in a row illustrates the necessity for our communities to hitch collectively unified towards hate,” he stated.

Bonta issued an up to date Regulation Enforcement Bulletin to all district attorneys, chiefs of police, sheriffs, and state legislation enforcement companies with a abstract of the a number of California legal legal guidelines that prohibit hate crimes or present enhanced penalties for specified hate-related acts, in addition to steering associated to the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.

The California Division of Justice has been gathering and reporting knowledge on hate crimes since 1995. A hate crime is outlined as a single incidence however might contain multiple hate offense.

Stories of hate incidents might be made to the California Civil Rights Division on-line portal at any time in 15 languages or by calling (833) 866-4283 or 833-8-NO-HATE.