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O.C. hate crimes drop -- but violent incidents rise
O.C. hate crimes drop -- but violent incidents rise

A stranger, hurling insults, confronted two young Muslims inside a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orange County. She grabbed the hijab, a headscarf covering one of the women. "You don't belong in America!" she screamed into the woman's face, then tried to attack the second person. Terrified, the women sought help from the hotel manager. A police officer called to the scene tried to calm them down, advising them to report the incident to the Orange County Human Relations Commission, which tracks hate crimes. In this case, law enforcement "actually encouraged her to tell her story" and "we have a record" of the incident, which occurred last year, said...

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