Statewide, hate crimes against Black people were again the most prevalent in 2021, and there were large increases in crimes targeting Asian and LGBTQ people.
Other cities have seen hate crimes spike. Long Beach police recorded only 12 in 2021. But Black and LGBTQ people remained the most frequently targeted.
Long Beach bucked the statewide trend, with only 18 hate crimes last year, down from 23 in 2019, which was the highest number in more than a decade.
A panel of lawyers and civic leaders met Saturday for a virtual summit to condemn hate crimes against communities of color and to share resources for victims.
Between Jan. 1, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021, a total of 19 hate crimes were reported and none of them fell under the category of anti-Asian, according to data obtained by the Post.
The county’s Commission on Human Relations today released its annual assessment of reported hate crimes and found that the number of such incidents are increasing.
Part of the Long Beach Police Department’s strategy to fight gang violence is charging gang members with hate crimes when they find evidence of bias.
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who committed a hate crime against a Muslim woman in Long Beach earlier this month.