Hate crimes skyrocket under OCDA Todd Spitzer

ORANGE COUNTY – Today, the Orange County Human Relations Commission released their 2020 hate crime report, which reveals a lethal rise in hate crimes across the county. Former Marine Corps officer, Deputy District Attorney, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Pete Hardin, who is a candidate for Orange County District Attorney, released the following statement:

“Today’s shocking hate crime report is a painful reminder that far right extremism has been emboldened by the Trump Presidency and District Attorney Todd Spitzer, an unapologetic Trump Republican. Spitzer has failed to keep the most vulnerable members of our community safe, as is evidenced by the 1800% rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, 114% rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes, and 23% rise in anti-Black hate crimes

“I stand in solidarity with the AAPI community, Black community, Jewish community, Latino community, LGBTQ community, Muslim community, and Arab community, which have experienced a dramatic rise in hate driven incidents. This is unconscionable and must be stopped. 

“Over the course of his 25-year career as a right-wing politician, District Attorney Todd Spitzer has regularly promoted policies that harm our most vulnerable communities. Spitzer has neither the skill nor the conviction to adequately address the extreme rise in hate we are witnessing.

“Orange County deserves a top prosecutor who will work in partnership with vulnerable communities to stamp out hate in our communities, prevent hate crimes from happening, and ensure hate crime investigations and prosecutions are pursued vigorously.  It’s time for a district attorney who will stand up for all victims and take a firm stand against hate in our community.”