LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles City Council is taking action against hate crimes.
Members passed on Wednesday a Public Safety Committee report which instructs the Los Angeles Police Department to take steps to protect vulnerable institutions, including synagogues and other cultural centers, from hate-motivated crimes.READ MORE: 'Time Machine,' 'Toys In The Attic' Actress Yvette Mimieux Dies At 80
The move comes after an LAPD report showed that hate crimes are up in the city for the fourth year in a row.
“We will not give in to fear or cynicism,” Ryu said in a statement. “We will not accept this as the new normal. We will stand together, across communities and across neighborhoods, as one of the most diverse cities on Earth and make Los Angeles a national leader in hate crime prevention. This legislation is the first step in ensuring that our city is prepared and our communities are protected.”READ MORE: Bodycam Footage Released In Thousand Oaks Borderline Bar Massacre
The legislation began with a motion introduced by councilmembers David Ryu, Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield.
It seeks to establish a hotline for hate crime prevention and to update the victim’s assistance website to be accessible in more languages.MORE NEWS: Hearing For Long Beach School Officer Charged In Woman’s Shooting Death