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No Hate Crimes In Nevada County Last Year

Nevada County was one of 17 counties reporting no incidents in 2016 that were initially suspected as hate crimes. That compares to just 2 in 2015, according to the State Department of Justice. Most are rural counties. District Attorney Cliff Newell says the main reason is demographics…

click to listen to Cliff Newell

But Newell says neither incident in 2015 ended up with a hate crime prosecution. That includes one at Rollins Lake, where a Sacramento family complained about a neighboring group of campers becoming rowdy and screaming racial slurs…

click to listen to Cliff Newell

In the other incident, Newell says racial slurs were used during a street fight between a resident and a motorist who was allegedly speeding through a neighborhood. That case ended up being settled, with one person having a brief stay in jail and having anger management classes. Meanwhile, hate crime reports were up 11% statewide in 2016, with Solano and Placer counties seeing the biggest increases. One-fourth of all hate crimes are reported in Los Angeles.

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