Crime… and its Aftermath

HATE CRIMES EXPLAINED: Lesson 3

Evidence That a Crime is a Hate Crime

  • The offender and victim were different race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or ability, and the aggressor was biased against the victim on that basis.
  • The investigation found hateful drawings, symbols, graffiti left at the crime scene (for instance, swastikas at a synagogue).
  • Hateful, biased statements, writings, or gestures were made by the offender.
  • Objects relating to prejudice were involved in the crime (white sheet costumes).
  • The victim is a member of a protected minority group in the area, or is visiting an area where similar people were victimized in a similar way.
  • A pattern of incidents happened in a short time and the victims and crimes were similar.
  • The victim was doing things promoting their protected status (for instance, a parade for members of the protected group).

 

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