Hate crimes increase 15 percent countywide, AV ranks second per capita

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations Wednesday released its annual examination of hate crimes reported throughout Los Angeles County.

At 9.4 hate crimes per 100,000 residents in 2011, Antelope Valley has the second-highest hate crime rate of the county’s eight geographic regions, according to the report (pg. 38). This is a slight improvement over 2010, when Antelope Valley topped the list in hate crimes per population. (Read more here).

Antelope Valley, which includes Lancaster, Quartz Hill, Palmdale, Littlerock, Lake Los Angeles, Acton and Gorman, had a total of 35 hate crimes in 2011, according to the report (pg. 38).

California state law defines a hate crime as an incident that demonstrates bias, hatred or prejudice against a victim’s gender, race, disability, religion or sexual orientation. The report does not go into detail about each hate crime reported in the Antelope Valley for 2011. It focuses on hate crime trends countywide for 2011.

The findings show that after falling dramatically three years in a row, the number of hate crimes in the county rose from 427 to 489, a 15% increase over the previous year.

All major categories of hate crimes increased for 2011, with hate crimes reflecting white supremacist ideology rising from being 18 to 21% of all hate crimes.

However, the annual total is still the second lowest recorded during the past 22 years.

“While we are heartened by the relatively low numbers, we are alarmed that 21% of hate crimes show evidence of white supremacist ideology and 12% of hate crimes were committed by gang members,” Commission President Kathay Feng said in a press release.  “This means that potentially a full third of hate crimes are committed by mission offenders who believe that they are part of a larger cause to terrorize entire communities.”

About half of all hate crimes were racially-motivated. Once again, African Americans were targeted most frequently (60%), and a greater percentage of hate crimes were committed by gang members.

Among the actual racial hate crimes cited in the report are two incidents from the Antelope Valley.

According to pg. 26 of the report:

January 1, Lancaster — A Latino family found their house burglarized and vandalized with graffiti that included swastikas and the words, “Rat,” “F–k you,” and “White Power.”

June 25, Palmdale — Two black male friends, age 13, were the targets of ongoing harassment for having Latino friends. In this instance, the victims were at the swimming pool of their apartment building when four Latino suspects shouted the name of their gang, “Southside.” They yelled obscenities and called the victims, “porch monkeys,” “banana-eaters,” and “slaves.” The suspects attacked one of the victims and his mother intervened to protect her son. One of the suspects yelled, “F–k you, ni–er!” punched her and pulled her hair. When the father of one of the victims appeared, two of the suspects brandished butcher knives and one told him, “I’ll f–king kill you ni–ers.”

A quarter of all hate crimes reported in L.A. County for 2011 was motivated by the sexual orientation of the victims.  As in the past, the overwhelming majority (84%) targeted gay men.  Homophobic crimes were more likely to be violent (71%) than either racial (54%) or religious crimes (20%).

Among the actual sexual orientation crimes mentioned in the report was an incident from Palmdale.

According to pg. 29 of the report:

February 29, Palmdale —A Latino male was walking home from a party. A vehicle pulled alongside him and another Latino male exited the car and punched the victim in the face, yelling, “Fa–ot!” The victim said, “I just want to go home. Why are you doing this?” The suspect answered, “Because you’re a f–king fa–ot!” and kicked the victim in his ribs, head, and back. “I’m going to kill you! M.S.!” (Mara Salvatrucha gang)

Although there were no hate-motivated murders in 2011, there was a case in which gang members attempted to murder three African American victims, according to the report.

Hate crimes occurred throughout the variety of regions of Los Angeles County, but the largest numbers were concentrated in the San Fernando Valley. When accounting for population, the Metro region had the highest rate of hate crimes followed by the Antelope Valley.

For the complete report, including hate crime maps, graphs and tables, click 2011 Hate Crime Report.

  15 comments for “Hate crimes increase 15 percent countywide, AV ranks second per capita

  1. TheMessage
    October 28, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Here’s what I see. Whether your homosexual, black, white, young, old, whatever, if your weak, you will be preyed upon. If you don’t like it than learn to defend yourself.

  2. ed
    October 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I currently live in the AV, its sad to see that such beautiful place with so much potential has to be dealing with these type of issues. I hope things get better with time, we can do so much for the AV valley as a comunity, but instead we waist time with gangs, hate crimes…

  3. ryenisha jackson
    October 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    eh AV is the second highest crime rate but sure you can sugar coat it by blaming it just on hate crimes

  4. Tommy
    October 25, 2012 at 10:20 am

    These numbers are worthless because 99% of hate crimes in this valley are not reported, just ask any white kid that currently or has attended Little Rock, Pete Knight, Av or Lancaster high schools.

    • Greta
      October 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Tell yourself that to feel better… More EXCUSES!!!!

      • mstra
        October 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        Tommy is right

      • jules
        October 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        haha right!!

      • Tina Marie
        October 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm
        • Greta
          October 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm

          ARE YOU SERIOUS? You ignore the problem happening right in your backyard and you reference NATIONWIDE statistics instead? WOW! Can’t say I’m surprised though…

          Anything to shift blame and make EXCUSES!

          • [removed] Paleez
            October 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm

            Oh god Greta, the ghetto blacks (not all,just the ghetto ones) walk around society relying on intimidation every day. They are loud, and if questioned about their behavior, get up “in our grills” and the first thing out of their mouth is “cracker” or something close, as they challenge us to fight. Tommy and Tina Marie are right, whites have just accepted this behavior as the new “normal” and don’t bother to report it. Ghetto blacks, on the other hand, think ANY type of disparaging remark or action toward them is a hate crime. Then they rush to call the cops, who they have no use or support for every other day of the week! Save it Gretto!

          • Hector
            October 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm

            Absolutely right, Knee.

    • Greta
      October 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Here one more to add to the record books for next year’s Hate crime report:


      • Tina Marie
        October 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        …nothing from Greta about the Hispanic kid who had the crap beat out of him in Palmdale by a gang of Black kids!

        we’ve got your number greta! We all know who your “dog” is in the fight.

  5. AVtime reader
    October 25, 2012 at 10:10 am

    KUMO for this :( as Ancient Chinese quote: “if you can’t be a notable then at least can make yourself to be an egregious”

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