Minnesota officials work to stem rise in hate crimes
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials are working to stem a rise in hate crimes in Minnesota.
President Donald Trump called for new death penalty legislation as an answer to hate crimes and mass killings following weekend mass killings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says 127 bias-motivated crimes were reported in the state last year. That’s fewer than the 147 hate crimes reported in 2017, but it’s still more than the number of hate crimes reported in 2016.
State Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero tells Minnesota Public Radio News her office has seen a significant increase in discrimination cases. Some 40 percent of the charges filed by the Department of Human Rights over the past year included claims of racial discrimination. That’s up from 28 percent two years ago.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org