Half of the 483 crimes reported were racially motivated, with 58 percent of the attacks targeting African-Americans. Most of those crimes were committed by Latinos, many of them affiliated with gangs, according to the report. Latinos also saw more racially motivated attacks on them in 2015.
“The great majority of African-Americans and Latino/as in Los Angeles County co-exist peacefully and are not involved in ongoing racial conflict,” according to the report. “However, for many years this report has documented that most hate crimes targeting African-Americans are committed by Latino/as and vice versa. This is particularly true in neighborhoods that have undergone rapid demographic shifts from being primarily black to majority Latino/a.”
Crimes motivated by religion climbed by 38 percent, with a significant spike in anti-Muslim incidents, especially after the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. There were 19 crimes against Muslims last year, compared with 3 in 2014.
But anti-Jewish crimes saw a surge from 55 incidents to 70. That could be attributed to continued anti-Israeli sentiment that emerged around the time of Israel’s war with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in 2014, said Amanda Susskind, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Los Angeles office.