IACP Joins With Lawyers on Hate Crimes Project

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The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are launching a new effort to deal with hate crimes. The groups are forming an advisory committee to “lead a discussion about ways to break down barriers and strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and communities that too often are the targets of hate crimes.” IACP president Donald De Lucca, police chief in Doral, Fl., says the project aims both to prevent and respond effectively to hate crimes.

Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers’ Committee said, “The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia serve as a chilling reminder that too many communities are the targets of hate-fueled acts.” The advisory committee will hold its first meeting on Sept. 19. It will focus on incidents that are motivated by actual or perceived race, national origin, religious background, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability of any person.

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