DA Gascón Statement on Increase in Hate Crimes

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News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 13, 2018

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DA GASCÓN STATEMENT ON INCREASE IN HATE CRIMES

SAN FRANCISCO — District Attorney George Gascón issued the following statement in response to data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicating that hate crimes in America rose 17 percent last year:

“America’s elected President has mocked the disabled, called Mexicans rapists and murderers, executed a Muslim travel ban, issued disparaging remarks about women and African Americans, and is working to roll back protections for members of our transgender community.  The country’s increase in hate crimes should be a surprise to no one, but it should be alarming to all.  We look to our elected leaders to set an example.  They’re on television and in the news, and our children perceive them as role models.  The President’s campaign of fear has emboldened hate and a growing white nationalist movement that is responsible for far more domestic attacks than any international terror group. 

If you or someone you know is a victim of a hate crime I strongly encourage you to call 911.  A crime against one of us is a crime against all of us, and San Francisco stands up to hate and bullies.”

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