A week after a deadly shooting in New York State, Washington has stepped in to deal with hate crime.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday unveiled new initiatives to fight hate crime, a week after 10 people were killed in what officials described as a “Racially Inspired” Massive shooting in Buffalo, New York.
These initiatives include helping police and officers raise awareness of hate crime and setting up hotlines to report 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: “We can honor the memory of the victims by working to prevent further suffering from advancing, and that is the issue today.”
He said: “We know that the threats we face are evolving and that we need to develop strategies to deal with them.” So the judiciary is needed “Make better use of our non-criminal tools.”
According to the FBI, there were more than 7,700 hate crimes in 2020, 450 more than the previous year.
Preliminary data from 37 major American cities show that bias increased by about 39% last year and will continue to rise in 2022. A record 54.5% increase in the 10 largest metropolitan areas, Voice of America wrote earlier this month, analyzing national police data compiled by California State University, San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.