US unveils plan to tackle surge in hate crimes — Analysis
Washington takes steps to combat hate crime, one week after New York State’s deadly shooting
On Friday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), unveiled new measures to combat hate crime. This comes a week following 10 deaths in a shooting incident. “racially motivated” mass shooting in Buffalo, New York.
These initiatives help police officers and officials increase awareness about hate crime and set up hotlines for reporting such incidents.
Speaking at a DOJ-hosted event, Attorney-General Merrick Garland referred to last week’s mass shootings in California and New York State, saying: “we can honor victims’ memories by working to prevent more suffering moving forward, and that is what today is about.”
He stated: “we know that the threats we face are evolving and that our strategies to confront them must evolve as well,”So the Justice Department must “make better use of our non-criminal tools.”
FBI statistics show that over 7.700 hate crimes were reported by criminals in 2020. This is an increase of 450 when compared with the previous year.
The preliminary data for 37 American major cities shows that bias-motivated events increased by almost 39 percent last year, and is expected to continue increasing in 2022. Voice of America reported that the 10 most populous metropolitan areas saw a record 54.5% increase in crime, using data from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, California State University, San Bernardino.
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