L.A. Law Enforcement Vow to Crack Down on Rising Number of Hate Crimes

Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, City Atty. Mike Feuer, center, and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck speak about an increase in hate crimes on Nov. 23, 2016. (Credit: James Queally / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, City Atty. Mike Feuer, center, and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck speak about an increase in hate crimes on Nov. 23, 2016. (Credit: James Queally / Los Angeles Times)

As hate crimes surge in California and across the country, Los Angeles law enforcement leaders came together Wednesday to promise they will not let the city fall victim to fear.

Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey spoke about the wide-ranging effects that bias crimes can have on the city and county, urging victims of crimes with a racial or religious motive to come forward immediately.

Hate crimes are often underreported. Feuer said victims should not fear speaking to police because of their immigration status.

“Acts of hate tear at the fabric of who we are as a nation, and we want to send a strong message that no one should be reluctant or afraid to report a hate crime,” he said. “None of us is ever going to re-victimize someone who is either a victim or a witness of a hate crime.”

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