The DOJ Attempts to Find a way to Prosecute Hate Crimes

Written by Lucas Murawsky (News Writer)

The hate crimes around the world have gotten more and more deadly by the day. With all the hate crimes turning deadly the DOJ is trying to search out ways to punish those that commit a hate crime. The Department of Justice held a listening session on March 5th with quite a dozen Asian American and Pacific Islander community members as a part of its efforts to de-escalate hate crimes and other unlawful acts against the community.

“No one in America should fear violence due to who they’re, what they give the impression of being like, or what a part of the globe they or their families came from,” said Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin, the host of the meeting.

On January 26, 2021, President Biden issued the “Presidential Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders within the U.S.,” which makes it, therefore, the attorney General shall partner with state and local agencies, and with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community with help prevent discrimination, harassment, bullying and assaulting of the community. 

The Attorney is also trying their best to gather data of public hate crime reporting against the one who has done the crime. Ever since Biden has signed the memo the DOJ has been working to fight discrimination and violence through federal enforcement, training, support, state, and local enforcement.

As of Friday, April 9th, one man has been convicted of a federal hate crime for attempting to stab an African American male. The federal jury convicted a California man of a federal hate crime for attacking a Black male with a knife on a street in Santa Cruz. 

According to evidence presented at trial, The male confronted a 29-year-old Black man who was crossing a street in Santa Cruz. The male took out a nine-inch knife and swung multiple times at the man’s head, chest, and stomach while yelling racial slurs at him.

“The Justice Department will continue to vigorously prosecute bias-motivated crimes like this one to secure justice for victims of these crimes and communities affected by them.’ The DOJ said on their website. 

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