Support for LAist comes from
Made of L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


L.A. Law Enforcement Leaders Pledge To Act Swiftly On Hate Crimes

Our June member drive is live: protect this resource!
Right now, we need your help during our short June member drive to keep the local news you read here every day going. This has been a challenging year, but with your help, we can get one step closer to closing our budget gap. Today, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership.

The sad reality is that reports of hate crimes have spiked in the wake of Donald Trump’s election win. The trend is so pronounced that it prompted Los Angeles County Supervisors to pass a motion yesterday that ensures a swift and thorough response to reports of hate crimes.

On Wednesday, L.A's law enforcement leaders stepped forward to echo the Board of Supervisor's call for timely action. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey held a press conference to emphasize the city’s stance against hate. Among the topics discussed was the all-too-common scenario in which a victim, for various reasons, decides against reporting a hate crime. As noted by Feuer, the victims may be undocumented immigrants who are afraid of exposing their status, reports the L.A. Times.

“Acts of hate tear at the fabric of who we are as a nation, and we want to send a strong message that no one should be reluctant or afraid to report a hate crime,” said Feuer. “None of us is ever going to re-victimize someone who is either a victim or a witness of a hate crime.”

Feuer’s office, in a statement released after the conference, said that the gathering was held in light of a “national trend” in which there’s been a 6% increase in hate crimes against Muslims, as reported by the FBI. On Wednesday, Feuer tweeted some additional data provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center; according to the statistics, there were seven reports of hate crimes in the county during the first week after the election.

Support for LAist comes from

Between 2014 and 2015, L.A. County saw a 24% jump in hate crimes, according to a report by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations; the figure is even more stark when one considers that, for the previous seven years, reports of hate incidences had been declining.

Beck said in Feuer's release that, "Hate crimes are more than just attacks on an individual, they terrorize communities.” Beck added that the LAPD now has a “Hate Crime Coordinator” and dedicated hate crime detectives at each of their police stations.

Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released a statement yesterday saying that the motion passed will ensure that authorities will, among other things, provide “information on protection, and opening lines of communication to encourage reporting of hate crimes and incidents."

Victims and witnesses are encouraged to report hate crimes by calling a toll free number (877) 275-5273 set up by the LAPD. Callers are assured that law enforcement will not inquire about an individual's immigration status.

Most Read