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Hate Crimes Down in LA County

A report released Wednesday showed a six percent drop in hate crimes in Los Angeles over the past year.

The LA County Commission on Human Relations released a report Wednesday indicating hate crimes in Los Angeles made a significant drop since last year.

The annual report -- which defines a hate crime as one involving hatred or prejudice toward a victim's race or ethnicity, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation-- stated there were 462 reported crimes across LA County last year.

That is a six percent decrease since 2011.

LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey discussed the drop in crime rates with other locals fighting against hate crimes.

This is the second lowest number for the area in 23 years.

The Anti-Defamation League reported African Americans continue to be the most frequently targeted victims of hate crimes.

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