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What the city of LA is taking away from new study showing multi-year highs in hate crimes




A mourner attends a vigil for victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida nearly a week earlier, in front of the United States embassy on June 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.
A mourner attends a vigil for victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida nearly a week earlier, in front of the United States embassy on June 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.
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The number of hate crimes in the city of Los Angeles in 2016 jumped from 200 in 2015 to 230 in 2016, a 15 percent increase according to a new study out from Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

It’s the most hate crimes reported in L.A. in nearly a decade and the third straight year where there has been an increase, but it’s also far below numbers that have been reported in past years. 2001, for example, had 559 reported hate crimes in L.A..

The study authors, Brian Levin and Kevin Grisham, say the increase is being driven by a 64 percent spike in violent aggravated assaults reported with lesser but still significant increases also reported in racially-motivated crimes and crimes against LGBTQ community.

Why do you think we are seeing a spike in hate crime numbers? In aggravated assaults? What strategies do you think can be employed at the city level to help stem this issue?

Guests:

Brian Levin, professor of criminal justice and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino

Francisco Ortega, acting director for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission