There were nine reported hate crimes in the City of Los Angeles for the week of April 10 – 16, 2019. The total number of hate crimes from Jan. 1 – April 16, 2019 is 82.
However, two crimes were reported at 3:40 p.m. on April 13 in Sherman Oaks, and the Los Angeles Police Department’s publicly available data do not describe the victim information, so it is not clear why there were two separate reports recorded. The same is true for the four hate crimes reported at 2:50 a.m. on April 15 in Mid-Wilshire.
We are tracking hate crimes and hate incidents reported to the LAPD this year. There is a lag in when the LAPD data become available, so we publish our reports as the data come in. You can find April 3 – 9, 2019 here and March 27 – April 2, 2019 here.
The LAPD defines hate crime as “any criminal act or attempted criminal act directed against a person or persons based on the victim’s actual or perceived race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender.” The LAPD’s publicly available data do not always indicate why the police designated a particular crime as a hate crime.
How we did it: We examined publicly available LAPD data on reports of hate crimes. For neighborhood boundaries, we rely on the borders defined by the Los Angeles Times. Learn more about our data here.
LAPD data only reflects crimes that are reported to the department, not how many crimes actually occurred. In making our calculations, we rely on the data the LAPD makes publicly available.
The LAPD periodically updates past crime reports with new information, leading the department to recategorize past reports. We have been tracking hate crimes since Jan. 1, 2019, numbering them as the reported crime data is made public. Beginning April 1, 2019, we have started re-numbering according to the updated numbers from the LAPD. We will look every quarter to see if and how the LAPD has re-categorized past hate crimes.
Additionally, revised reports do not always automatically become part of the public database. But, we will keep monitoring hate crimes in the City of Los Angeles.
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