Pasadena hate crimes reduced by more than half last year

PASADENA — Following a report by the California Attorney General showing hate crimes had dropped by more than 20 percent state-wide in 2009, Pasadena police released statistics Thursday indicating hate crimes were more than cut in half last year.
Pasadena police investigated 20 hate crimes in 2008, and nine in 2009, according to police statistics.
Hate crimes in both 2008 and 2009 were primarily racially or ethnically motivated, police said.
In 2008, 15 of the 20 reported hate crimes were based on race or ethnic background, while two were based on sexual orientation and three were based on religion, according to police data.
Last year, five of the nine incidents were based on race or ethnic background, three were based on sexual orientation and one was based on religion.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown released a report Thursday indicating hate crime events in California were down by 21.3 percent last year.

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