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State Study Finds Overall Drop In Hate Crimes In California

Sacramento, CA — A new study has found that the overall number of hate crimes in California dropped 5.5 percent last year to the lowest number in a decade.

The study released by state Attorney General Bill Lockyer found that crimes against whites, gays and people of Arab or Middle Eastern descent decreased.

But crimes against blacks, Hispanics and Asians increased. Anti-black hate crimes saw the biggest increase, with about 500 or 35 percent of the total.

Crimes against Asian-Pacific Islanders rose 8 percent to 69. Anti-Hispanic crimes jumped 34 percent to 138.

At least 60 percent of the incidents are crimes based on race, ethnicity and national origin.

Los Angeles County reported the highest number of hate crimes with 501, followed by San Francisco with 144.