Reports of Hate Crimes Against Arabs Drop in California

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The number of anti-Arab hate crimes in California dropped last year after spiking in 2001, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer reports.

The Sacramento Bee said total hate crime reports declined by nearly 27 percent statewide in 2002 — down to 1,659 incidents last year from 2,261 in 2001.

Lockyer said the most significant decline was among crimes that targeted people of Arab and Middle Eastern heritage. Those incidents spiked in late 2001, a result of the anti-Arab backlash after the Sept. 11 attacks.


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