Crime… and its Aftermath

HATE CRIMES EXPLAINED: Lesson 2

What Identifies as a Hate Crime

  • The key element of a hate crime is evidence the crime was motivated by the prejudice (bias) against the victim
  • The criminal act alone does not make a crime a hate crime …
  • … The investigation of the crime must find the crime was motivated by the bias or prejudice.
  • To be a hate crime, the law enforcement investigation must find evidence that a reasonable person would conclude the actions were motivated by bias against the victim based on race, religion, national origin, disability, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

 

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