Law Enforcement Conference Hopes to Educate Officers on How to Identify Hate Crimes

The killing in South Carolina of nine people last night by one man has the nation looking for answers.
Law enforcement gathered today at their Annual Police Chief’s Conference to discuss how to identify hate crimes.
21 year old Dylan Roof is under arrest accused of killing nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The crime appears to be racially motivated. It has brought the term “hate crime” back to the fore front.
When a victim is targeted for their race, sex, religion, gender identity, national origin or color, it can make investigations difficult for local law enforcement without proper training. That’s what today’s conference is all about, helping local law enforcement officers identify a hate crime and bring assistance when needed.
Two hundred and sixty law enforcement reps, prosecutors and community advocates came together at this year’s conference to better prepare their departments to protect their communities.
The penalty for a hate crime is a minimum of 10 years up to life if the crime results in death, kidnapping or sexual assault.

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