Sacramento County reported hate crimes increase in 2021
Law enforcement officials reported 78 hate crimes in Sacramento County during 2021, triple the number that occurred in 2020 and more than any other year since 2003, new state data shows.
Twenty-six of the crimes were classified as anti-Black, according to the California Department of Justice. Twenty-two were anti-LGBTQ. Ten were anti-Asian. The rest were a mix of other biases.
Pastor Mark Meeks of City Church of Sacramento in Oak Park said he’s surprised the number of reported hate crimes wasn’t higher last year. He believes the increase is a symptom of a deeper systemic problem: people have become more and more isolated, and the COVID-19 pandemic just exposed the hate produced by a fractured society.
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