Two Latino gang members Thursday pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes connected to a reportedly racially motivated New Year’s Eve attack in Compton.
The number of hate crimes in Los Angeles County dropped to the second-lowest level in 23 years last year but blacks remained the most frequent targets and there was troubling violence against homosexuals.
A man who pleaded no-contest to threatening to bomb the Wilshire Boulevard Temple and a nearby parked police car was sentenced Monday to 32 months in prison.
Hate crimes increased in Los Angeles County by 15 percent in 2011 after three years of dramatic decline.
The state attorney general’s office says the number of hate crimes reported in California dropped four percent last year.
An annual report has found that hate crimes in Orange County jumped by 14 percent in 2011 over the previous year.
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are expected to gather in West Hollywood Sunday for the 13th International Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Reported hate crimes in Los Angeles County fell by 28 percent in 2010 to the lowest level in 21 years, according to the county Commission on Human Relations’ annual report released Thursday.
The number of reported hate crimes in LA County dipped in 2009, but a growing number used white supremacy symbols, including swastikas.