The US capital has become a place where white supremacy thrives, where the Confederate flag is flown in public places and people are killed for protesting racism.
Now the city is facing an unprecedented wave of hate crimes that have prompted protests across the country.
WASHINGTON — Hate crimes in Washington have reached a level not seen since 2011, when protests against the George Zimmerman verdict led to dozens of deaths.
The violence and vandalism have intensified since then, with a rash of incidents, including shootings and arson attacks, in the District and surrounding areas.
At least one death has been reported in the past week, and a local hospital is warning that the number of hospitalizations has doubled since the beginning of the year.
The National Capital Area Police Department has received at least three complaints about hate crimes this year.
But some hate crimes have been more violent.
In the last month alone, at least 16 people have been shot and killed in the city, including four in separate incidents.
One person was killed by police, according to the police department.
The mayor and other city officials are taking steps to prevent such violence.
In a statement on Wednesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the city will increase the number and level of officers assigned to anti-hate policing in the capital.
“We have made significant progress in implementing our anti-violence strategy in the first year of my administration and continue to work on strengthening the ability of our police to address this issue, and to be responsive to communities concerns about the safety of our citizens,” Bowser said.
“The recent increase in hate crimes in our city is a stark reminder that this is not an isolated incident and that it will not be tolerated,” she said.
The District of Columbia, home to the nation’s capital, is also dealing with the aftermath of recent violence.
Last month, a man opened fire in a parking garage near the White House, killing a security guard and wounding two other officers.
Authorities arrested a suspect, and the shooter was killed.
In December, a white supremacist rammed his car into a group of people in a car park near the U.S. Capitol, killing three people.
In February, a mentally ill man drove his car at a group protesting against the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act in the Capitol, injuring a woman and a congressman.
Police said that while the driver did not injure any people, he had a mental health history and was armed.
In recent days, police have arrested two men in connection with a violent attack on an anti-fascist group in D.C. The alleged gunman was killed in a shootout with police.
In an email to NBC News, the D.U. police chief said that officers are responding to reports of hate crime and that they are using “aggressive tactics” to “address and deter” those who commit such crimes.
The department did not release a list of the recent incidents or the suspects in each of them.
But the officer who shot and wounded a protester on Wednesday said that he was angry that his partner would not protect him.
“I had to defend myself and my partner,” Sgt. David Ocasio said.
“I just got out of a gunfight with the same guy.
And I said, ‘I’ll be damned if I’m going to defend him anymore.'”
In addition to the two people killed on Wednesday night, at a demonstration against President Donald Trump’s immigration order, two other people were killed in gunfire, and three people were injured.
Police were called to the scene shortly before 10 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
They found a man with gunshot wounds at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue NE in Northwest Washington, and two others who had been shot in the head.
Police are investigating the shooting.
In his first statement after the shootings, Bowser said the mayor has called for a national “unity tour” and urged the city’s law enforcement to work “together to address hate crimes.”
The mayor said the city has a robust community response plan in place and that the department has been actively working with other agencies to identify and respond to hate crimes.
According to the Washington Post, Washington has recorded more than 8,000 anti-Semitic incidents in the last 12 months.
The Post’s Peter Herman reported that a report released by the Anti-Defamation League in October found that anti-Jewish incidents are growing at a rate of 25 percent each year, with about 5,000 incidents occurring every month.
The Jewish Community Relations Council has been calling for a new wave of anti-Semitism in Washington since Trump’s election, when the president repeatedly attacked Jews and vowed to make them pay for their perceived Jewishness.
In January, a local Jewish group urged the Jewish community to unite and call on Washington’s leaders to condemn anti-Semites.
“As we move forward and begin to heal from the past, we must work together to build a new, inclusive, inclusive Jewish community in the Capital,” the Jewish Community Leaders Coalition wrote in a letter to Bowser.