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Crimes of Bias

March 30, 1995

In 1993, for the first time, gay men became the most frequent targets of hate crimes in Los Angeles County. This trend continued in 1994, with a 25.6% increase over the previous year. Crimes against Latinos and lesbians were also increased over 1993.

Breakdown of crimes by geography, type of crime and victims:

In 1994, race and sexual orientation triggered the greatest number of crimes reported.

Racial: 362

Sexual Orientation: 319

Religious: 93

Valley Crimes

Of 776 hate crimes reported in the county last year, 160 were in Valley communities. North Hollywood had the most, followed by Van Nuys.

Valley: 20.6%

Rest of L.A. County: 79.45

Most Common Crimes

Type of crime and percentage of incidents reported in Los Angeles County in 1994.

1. Assault with deadly weapon: 27.4%

2. Assault/battery: 25.4%

3. Criminal threats: 15.55

4. Vandalism: 13.8%

5. Robbery: 5.0%

The Victims

The proportion of gay men, lesbians, and African Americans who were hate crime victims far exceeded the relative size of those populations.

Figures for L.A. County:

Gay men

1994: 265

1993: 211

African American

1994: 159

1993: 179

White

1994: 86

1993: 112

Jewish

1994: 85

1993: 114

Latino

1994: 84

1993: 68

Lesbian

1994: 54

1993: 30

Asian

1994: 29

1993: 44

Other

1994: 13

1993: 25

Source: Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations Please see B1 for more on hate crimes

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