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Hate crimes reported in California last year have reached levels not seen since 9/11, says state prosecutor.

(CNN)From 2020 to 2021, California reportedhate crimes after the 9/11 terrorist attacks} Recorded a surge. According to Attorney General Rob Bonta, 11 terrorist attacks.

Bonta released the findings of a new California Department of Justice report on Tuesday. The number of hate crimes reported in the state increased from 1,330 in 2020 to 1,763 last year, the sixth highest since the start of collecting and reporting state-wide hate crime data in 1995. It has become.

According to a significant partial report, many of the cases were related to racial and sexual orientation prejudices. The latter increased by about 48% from 205 in 2020 to 303 in 2021.

Crime against blacks (the most prevalent) increased by 12.5% ​​from 2020, with 513 reported cases. Anti-Asian crime increased by 177.5% from 89 in 2020 to 247 last year.

The report found that hate crimes against Latin Americans increased by nearly 30% from 152 in 2020 to 197 last year.

"One difficult truth in our state, as we have seen nationwide, is that the epidemic of hatred we saw during the pandemic is still obvious and the current threat. That's what Bonta said. At a press conference on Tuesday.

In the report, Bonta said, "We confirm what we were hearing on earth. The pandemic has replaced the epidemic of hatred."

Since the beginning of the pandemic, thousands of people in the United States have been victims of anti-Asian incidents, from verbal abuse to physical attacks. Supporters and lawmakers have doubled their efforts to protect the community over the past two years, but reports of assault and prejudice continue from coast to coast.

Earlier this month, aAsian man was assaulted outside a storefront near Los Angeles in Koreatown. Video footage released by police shows the suspect using his elbows to beat the victim's face. Los Angeles police arrested the suspect last week, but authorities have not yet stated whether the assault constitutes a hate crime.

The findings of the state-wide report were released months after San Francisco officials stated that anti-Asian hate crimes surged 567% in 2021. A person who deliberately targeted Asians. He was arrested for robbery and vandalism in August and is also facing an increase in hate crimes.

Mr. Bonta said hate crimes present many challenges to authorities, including lack of reporting.

"Of course, these are statistics, but not just numbers. Each of these incidents represents an attack on a person, neighbor, family, or fellow Californian. Worse, I. We are likely that the statistics are not exhaustive, but even today, too many people are too afraid to move forward. "

Former prosecutors, experts and lawyers of the victims of violence also told CNN thathate crimes are more difficult to prosecute and prosecute than other criminal offenses.

California reports that the number of proceedings filed by district attorneys and elected city lawyers on hate crimes increased by 30% between 2020 and 2021.