The Atlanta Shooter Killed Six Women of Asian Descent. Isn’t That A Hate Crime?

The Atlanta Shooter Killed Six Women of Asian Descent. Isn’t That A Hate Crime?

The rampage has drawn swift nationwide condemnation, with many calling it a hate crime that fits into a pattern of rising attacks against Asian-Americans. “We’ve received a number of calls about, ‘Is this a hate crime?’” Atlanta police chief Rodney Bryant told reporters Wednesday. In order to charge an individual with a hate crime, law enforcement must be able to prove that an offense was specifically motivated by hate or bias. Nationally, 51 murders were classified as hate crimes in 2019, making it the deadliest year on record for such crimes. The proposed “No Hate Act” would provide grant funding for states and local law enforcement to improve their hate crime reporting.

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