Hate crimes decline

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced that hate crime statistics for 2011 are down in California by 4 percent.

1,060 hate crimes were reported in 2011, compared to the previous year’s number of 1,107.

Race/ethnicity/national origin hate crimes are the most common, accounting for 57.5 percent of all hate crimes during 2011.

Other notes:

* Anti-Black hate crimes made up 29.5 percent of all hate crimes in 2011.

* Anti-Hispanic hate crimes have decreased by 43.6 percent since 2002.

* Hate crimes involving religion have increased from 198 in 2010 to 201 in 2011. Anti-Jewish hate crimes are the most common.

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