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Complaints from civil rights groups.
The FBI will begin formally tracking hate crimes against religious and ethnic minorities monitoring will include him there's Arabs and -- As -- -- director obviously coalition is here to talk about the implications and what brought on this new decision.
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Reaction why I think it is but can you say -- -- -- yesterday the FBI did really have complete list on he crimes against each of these parents.
Is -- the numbers or they just didn't care.
I'm well thank you so much for having us today were very very excited about this week's developments.
They weren't tracking them because they didn't have categories on there.
Statistics forms to produce and their annual report.
And I think in large part it's been because.
Can't really -- an issue unless you have the -- to do so so there weren't out there wasn't data on the government side and also there was a shortage of data.
Even among civil rights organization capturing the information that depend on the group -- -- what they had to push forward or was it situation where you.
Got to you've got more more hate crimes against.
Are targeting kind of crimes against it at a certain group hey you know maybe we should.
Why did and they -- well there's definitely then.
A surge in hate crimes against these three communities and the last ten years.
-- -- coalition has been collecting some data particularly in the New York City area and the San Francisco.
Bay Area and I respondents tell us that 10% of them have then the object of either physical violence.
Or I damaged a personal property as a result of their faith.
And so it's a very important for the government to be tracking this information for law enforcement officials.
Both locally and nationally to know what's happening communities to take preventative measures again isn't -- I was.
The issue about Muslims about the Middle East and most -- in -- it -- that a lot of people we don't know the difference between.
A Muslim personal or seek or Hindu they just -- -- it and I didn't.
Darker complected person -- has an accent place in -- Muslim and perhaps that's the reason.
But certainly some percentage of the hate crimes would fall under that category but it's absolutely not about exclusively at all and that's part of why these categories matter so much.
Because right up until this point a lot of those incidents -- have been lumped into -- most fun.
Hate crimes which is not always the case and again you can't really do something about an issue until you start to diagnose the -- Fully -- data and that goes along and experts like what really does -- give you when you have the FBI tracking these sorts of that things.
Well so give us lots of opportunities to work with law enforcement on a local level to better understand the community in the communities -- And also gives us a sense that the gaps in education.
Both -- government -- -- enforcement but also within.
You know just last month there was that.
Heinous hate crime in Fresno California.
An attack against an 82 year old -- man.
Really horrible situation.
The community sprung into action and under their leadership.
They're began a and it did it increase dialogue with local law enforcement.
Countless presentations and school groups and civic groups and a and a broader discussion going on in the greater Fresno community.
About six and just about all communities yet again if you're not collecting statistics.
Tracking the data and looking for improvement he can address things -- Does it mean -- they'll be tougher penalties against people who commit crimes against the Sikhs and Hindus and an -- -- it -- the designation of hate crime.
Also brings with it -- tougher and tougher penalty.
Well I think the detonation of hate crime has always -- -- it's whether or not.
We we know the intense and the community that's being attacked more specifically.
So whatever hate crime laws and penalties exist.
Those continue to access this is really about tracking the affected communities feel it got up a few of these.
Down here murders of the managed seeing act -- stressing this is this is the an Oakland California that was -- -- -- 2011 car desecration of Asik good what good car.
And selling price.
Michigan that was in February of two -- -- We've got march of 2012 as well hate motivated threats mountains of death threats we've got -- And it we've got a lot of stop and that they're just starting to compile and before that they were just sort of these little brush fires they want connecting the dots.
-- and they weren't connecting the dots but inhibition you know in the wake of nine elevenths -- coalition started online hate crimes tracking database where community members could.
-- in incidents is to it.
A lot of folks weren't necessarily reaching out to law enforcement with those incidents -- And if they work they weren't being -- specifically marked as hate crimes against six and -- now there will be a push actually categorize.
And keep track of all these incidents -- and be able to measure them over time.
To see how much improvement remain -- But you know it's interesting to note that ten months to the day that the FBI -- to do this was the ten month anniversary of the attacks in Oak Creek Wisconsin immigrant who are there where six worshippers were were kept.
Let me read -- -- -- -- JD Le point he says there's been a lot of data on hate crimes against Muslims.
After 9/11 there's been a lot of hate against Islam blaming all Muslims for what the terrorists have done and that's why bring up the idea.
Yet are we confusing Muslims with six because people that we know the difference -- -- the -- really is against Muslims if it hadn't been for 9/11 hadn't been for.
Activities -- -- different -- perhaps this would not be happening.
I don't think we could say that -- and terms at all I -- think that that may be part of the targeted big tree but it absolutely is not it exclusively.
Yet very interesting okay well this is great news for the sic -- a community.
I thank you very much a -- court.
I music collection thank you very much to be here thank you so much.
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