Assemblymembers Chu and Muratsuchi Respond to Audit Report on Hate Crimes in California

Friday, June 8, 2018

For Immediate Release - June 8, 2018 - Contact: Annie Pham (916) 319-2025

(SACRAMENTO, CA) Results from a recent audit on hate crimes in California highlighted that more needs to be done to protect communities. The California State Audit released a report titled “Hate Crimes in California” that concluded agencies statewide misidentified, misreported, and inappropriately responded to hate crimes.

“As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Hate Crimes, I, along with other committee members, led the effort to evaluate statewide standards on identifying, reporting, and responding to hate crimes,” said Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-Milpitas). “The results were disappointing. In order to protect communities and capture appropriate data, we need stronger policies and implementation of those policies across the state. The legislature will explore ways to improve these shortfalls as identified in the May audit report. I will be hosting an informational hearing in August to discuss findings from the report and look forward to hearing from my colleagues, law enforcement agencies, the Attorney General’s Office and impacted communities on opportunities for improvements and collaborations.”

“I thank my API Caucus colleague, Assemblymember Chu, for requesting this important audit. With the rise of hate crimes occurring throughout the County and in California, the findings of this audit are timely to ensure the state improves our tracking of these crimes so they are properly identified and prosecuted under the law,” said Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance). Assemblymember Muratsuchi is the Chair of the Joint Committee on Legislative Audits, the committee that approved the audit request submitted by Assemblymembers Chu, Jim Cooper (D- Elk Grove), Marc Levine (D- Santa Rosa), Adrin Nazarian (D- North Hollywood), Phil Ting (D- San Francisco) and Shirley Weber (D- San Diego).

For more information on the audit report, visit https://www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2017-131.pdf.

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