Contentious Data: Hate Crimes and Resistance to the Matthew Sheperd Act

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  1. kiyallsmith says:

    Resistance to reporting of hate crimes is worrisome for the enforcement of laws designed to prohibit hate crimes. Thanks for an interesting post.


  2. theneverknow says:

    “..killed in Wyoming in 1998, it is believed that he was targeted because he was gay..”

    This statement is where opposition to this law is justified. How does one prove, short of the criminal announcing it, that some crime was based on race or sexuality?

    It is already illegal to assault or murder people.

    The argument about localities not prosecuting strongly enough was interesting. Do the feds not already have the power to scrutinize and challenge localities’ handling of criminal cases without making distinctions based on these factors?

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