The 2020 Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Report released by LA County incorrectly reported an incident in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to officials familiar with the report.
Released last week, the report said anti-Asian hate crimes increased 76% between 2019 and 2020 across the county, with 44 anti-Asian hate crimes reported in the past calendar year.
Although two incidents were reported in the SCV area – according to a map attached to the report – only one occurred in 2020, the other having occurred in 2016, according to Monica Lomeli, responsible for the database on hate crimes for the department. workforce development, aging and community services.
“So unfortunately I went back to our (geographic information system) analyst, and he made a mistake,” Lomeli said. “It was supposed to only show hate crimes for 2020, and the map we provided for the report showed hate crimes for the past five years. ”
Currently, the report listed online still shows the 2016-2020 map.
The incident that occurred in the Santa Clarita Valley – as previously reported by The Signal – took place on August 20, 2020, at a Starbucks on Valencia Boulevard.
“The victim was targeted because she appeared to be Asian and the suspects were two Latino men,” Lomeli said. “The suspects were upset that the victim was not wearing a mask and using derogatory and anti-Asian language as well as a verbal threat, which escalated into assault with a lethal weapon.”
The new map given to The Signal shows just over 30 anti-Asian hate crimes in LA County in 2020. According to Lomeli, the remaining anti-Asian hate crimes have not been listed in order to protect the anonymity of the privacy and residences of victims.