According to the annual report by the state’s Department of Justice released Monday, hate crimes in the state rose 17.4 percent from 2016 to 2017.

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A police Police Officer investigates the scene near Pearson Park in Anaheim, California, February 27, 2016, after three counter-protesters were stabbed while clashing with Ku Klux Klan members staging a rally. 

It is the third consecutive year hate crimes in the state have increased by double digits, after declining for six years. Taken across the three-year period, hate crimes have increased by 44 percent.

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