Sacramento FBI Launches Hate Crime Awareness Campaign | Crime and courts
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of hate crimes and encourage victims and witnesses of hate crimes to report them to law enforcement.
To complement this effort, the FBI Field Office in Sacramento placed print ads in several local community publications and Spanish-language radio public service ads in its 34-county area of responsibility in partnership with the California Broadcasters Association. Print ads include a QR code that immediately directs viewers to the FBI Civil Rights Program webpage for more hate crimes details and additional resources, https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/civil-rights / hate-crimes.
“Our local campaign represents an investment in the communities we serve and enhances our ongoing outreach and education efforts across our territory,” said Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI Field Office in Sacramento. . “No member of our community, regardless of background or immigrant status, should be the victim of prejudiced threats or violence. When these crimes occur, they deserve a response and action. We encourage victims to come forward and report all incidents to law enforcement. In order to protect our communities, we also encourage witnesses and concerned citizens and potential hate crimes. “
Victims and witnesses of hate crimes are encouraged to report the crime to the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or submitting a tip online at tips.fbi.gov. Tips can be submitted anonymously.
A federal hate crime is defined as a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s biases against race, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, l ethnicity, gender or gender identity. Hate crimes are a high priority for the FBI because of the devastating and devastating impact these crimes have on entire communities, according to a statement.
As the lead investigative agency for criminal violations of federal civil rights laws, the FBI partners with local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement to ensure a thorough investigation into the facts of the alleged crimes. , although the federal charges are ultimately not prosecuted. The FBI is committed to protecting all victims of federal crimes, regardless of their immigration status, the statement said.
The criminal aspect of the offense is an important element. Hate itself, while hurtful and offensive, is not a crime – and the FBI is concerned about protecting free speech and other civil liberties while ensuring the safety of all the communities it serves, according to a press release from the agency.
“While hate speech is largely protected, a threat is an example of speech – written or spoken – that can cross the line and constitute a criminal offense,” Ragan said.