Hate crimes against Asian people reported in Los Angeles County last year were the highest in 19 years, according to a report based on data from law enforcement, universities and community groups released Wednesday, Oct.20.
According to figures released by the Los Angeles County Human Rights Commission, there were 44 crimes of bias against Asians in the county in 2020.
This is 76% more than in 2019.
“This report highlights a serious and worrying problem that is growing and makes it clear that Los Angeles County must take all possible steps to curb this rise in racial violence,” County Inspector Sheila Cool said in a statement accompanying the commission’s report.
The report said suspects in last year’s 10 anti-Asian attacks blamed the victims for the COVID-19 pandemic. Anti-immigrant insults were carried out in 11 of the reported hate crimes.
The commission said about 61 percent of the county’s known hate crimes against Asian Americans and Asian people were assaults; Cases of criminal intimidation accounted for 20 percent. In addition, the report says there was one robbery motivated by prejudice against Asians.
FBI research shows that less than half of the victims of biased attacks go to law enforcement.
“We believe that underreporting of hate crimes is a serious problem for the Asian community due to language and cultural barriers, immigration status, ignorance of the criminal justice system and fear that reporting hate crimes could lead to revenge or unwanted publicity. “, – the commission wrote in its report.
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