Hate crimes in Los Angeles increased 13 percent from 2017 to 2018, with a large spike in violence against LGBTQ people, new data shows.
African Americans, Jewish people and members of the LGBTQ are among the most frequent targets in America's largest cities, according to Cal State San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
Researcher Brian Levin says that among the reasons behind the dramatic increase are the coming together of white nationalists and growing political conflict.
In places like New York, Philadelphia and LA hate crime increased once again around the election in 2018, just like during the 2016 Presidential election.
Levin notes the LAPD is doing a good job of reporting these crimes and across the country, some of the increase can be connected to better reporting.
But he says hate crimes rising for a fifth consecutive year in major cities is alarming and unusual.