Council Mulls Hate Crime Bill

jewishweek.gifBy Amy Clark

The City Council is considering a bill that would require the NYPD to include a hate crimes category in its weekly report on neighborhood crime statistics.

The hate crime category would include (but not be limited to) crimes motivated by hostility towards Jews, blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians, Muslims, people of any other ethnicity or religious group, members of the LGBT community and people with disabilities.

...“We’re already collecting the data on hate crimes,” Levine told The Jewish Week. But currently the NYPD only distributes the data once a year, which Levine said isn’t nearly enough.

“More than any other class of crime, hate crimes often spike due to current events,” he said. “For policy makers and the general public to understand those trends, we need data much more often than once a year.”

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