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Hate crimes against Latinos up 50% in California

August 12, 2011 |  5:17 pm

The number of hate crimes reported in California held steady in 2010, although such violence against Latinos increased nearly 50%, according to a report issued this week by the state attorney general’s office.

In 2010, 1,107 hate crimes were reported throughout the state, compared with 1,100 in 2009. There were 119 hate crimes against Latinos reported to authorities, compared with 81 the year before.

In comparison, hate crimes against Jews, gays and lesbians and African Americans all dropped in 2010, according to the report, which was put together using data collection methods developed by the state Department of Justice and law enforcement agencies in all 58 counties.

“A crime that is motivated by hate is a crime against all people,” said Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris in a written statement on the release of “Hate Crime in California 2010.” “We will monitor and prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law.”

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-- Maria L. LaGanga in San Francisco

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