After a few years of sharp double-digit increases, the city of Los Angeles saw hate crimes decline by 6.8 percent in the first half of 2018, according the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

However, violent hate crimes bucked that overall drop, rising 8.3 percent, increasing from 72 to 78 incidents. In contrast, violent crime in general dropped 2.8 percent in Los Angeles, according to the study, which looks at hate crime statistics in the nation’s 12 major cities.

While the drop in hate crimes, in general, is to be welcomed, 2018 still remains the second-worst year for hate crimes in a decade, said Brian Levin, the center’s director…..

Los Angeles Daily News