Politics Hate crimes up 73 percent in New York City
'A historic surge': Anti-Asian American hate incidents continue to skyrocket despite public awareness campaign
New data reveals hate incidents against Asians and Asian Americans are still on the rise despite anti-hate public awareness campaigns.There was a more than 164% increase in anti-Asian hate crime reports to police in the first quarter of 2021 in 16 major cities and jurisdictions compared with last year, according to a report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
Hate crimes are up 73 percent in New York City and arrests for hate crime cases are up 160 percent this year compared to 2020, the New York City Police Department reported.
The NYPD released numbers on Monday showing 180 hate crimes from the beginning of the year to May 2, The Wall Street Journal .
That number is up from last year's 104 hate crimes during the same time period, the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force said.
The rise in hate crimes is mostly from attacks on Asian Americans and Jewish people.
There have been 80 hate crimes targeting Asian Americans from Jan. 1 to April 4. There were only 16 hate crimes against Asian Americans during the same time period last year.
Jewish people were the second most targeted so far this year, but their overall numbers are actually slightly down from last year.
There were 54 hate crimes against Jewish people from Jan. 1 to May 2 in 2021, down from 58 hate crimes during the same time period in 2020, according to the Journal.
There have been 78 arrests involving hate crimes this year compared to 30 arrests last year.
South Carolina Senate panel advances hate crimes bill .
South Carolina's state Senate advanced a bill on Tuesday that would strengthen the penalties for hate crimes in the state, though the bill's future remains uncertain.The Post and Courier reported that the state's Senate Judiciary Committee voted in a bipartisan manner to advance a bill to the Senate floor that would allow a judge to slap defendants with up to an additional five years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines if it is determined that a conviction for a violent crime was committed with the aim of targeting specific characteristics of people.