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What is a hate crime?

 

A hate crime is any criminal act or attempted criminal act directed against a person(s), public agency or private institution based on the victim's actual or perceived race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender or because the agency or institution is identified or associated with a person or group of an identifiable race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. A hate crime includes an act that results in injury, however slight; a verbal threat of violence that apparently can be carried out; an act that results in property damage; and property damage or other criminal act(s) directed against a public or private agency.

 

What is a hate incident?

 

Non-criminal conduct that is motivated by hatred or bigotry and directed at any individual, residence, house of worship, institution, or business expressly because of the victim's real or perceived race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability. Hate incidents also include conduct directed against an individual or group because of their association or advocacy on behalf of a member or members of a protected class.

 

A hate incident might include hate speech, display of offensive materials on one's property, the distribution of hate materials in public places and the posting of hate materials that does not result in property damage.  The freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. constitution, such as the freedom of speech, allow hateful rhetoric as long as it does not interfere with the civil rights of others. If this type of behavior escalates to threats or criminal activity against a person or property, then it would be classified as a hate crime.

 

 

2021 REPORTED HATE CRIMES AND HATE INCIDENTS

 

Date
Synopsis
1/3/21
Subject reported that protestors attending a political rally were yelling racial slurs
2/8/21
Student reported receiving anti-transgender communications
3/20/21
A private security guard and a subject walking his dog were involved in a verbal dispute.  Each party alleged that the other used racial slurs against the other during the exchange
3/25/21
Auto burglary victim believes she was targeted and the person responsible might have located her vehicle because she has her location shared on Snapchat
3/25/21
Co-workers involved in ongoing disagreements.  Involved party states the other used a racially-based slur
3/30/21
Victim reported being pushed to the ground and stated the suspect made a racially biased comment during the assault
4/2/21
Bicyclist reported an unknown subject threw a water bottle at him and yelled a racial slur
4/5/21
Subject reported that while she was grocery shopping she was approached by a subject who made racially disparaging comments
4/7/21
Subject reported two prior incidents. During the first incident, subject reported being confronted while attending a political rally by a subject who made anti-religious statements.  The second incident was reported as the subject being told to "go back where you came from".
5/16/21
Verbal argument after one party got impatient waiting for the other to park.  One party yelled racial slurs.
7/13/21
Transient used a racial slur against a store worker
9/1/21
Vandalism at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos, Black Lives Matter flag was broken off the flagpole mount and shredded/torn up
9/17/21
Vandalism at Jewish Community Center, blue swastika was painted on the front walkway and next to the swastika was a puddle and droplets of red paint that resembled blood.
9/17/21
Blue and red swastikas painted on sidewalk (Blossom Hill/Los Gatos area)
10/5/21
Vandalism at Fisher Middle School, derogatory hate messages were on several sections of the schools exterior walls
10/5/21
Assault (victim was slapped)/hate speech
10/26/21
Racial Slurs (Whole Foods parking lot)
11/1/21
Vandalism at Los Gatos High School, various areas around campus were egged and some exterior walls were spray painted with racist and homophobic terms