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Title: Hate Crimes Bias Motivated Incidents


1
Hate Crimes Bias Motivated Incidents
  • University Security
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato

2
Hate Crimes Bias-motivated Incidents Defined
  • Hate crime generally defined as a crime which in
    whole or part is motivated by the offenders bias
    toward the victims status.
  • Bias motivated incident is an action in which a
    person is made aware that her/his status is
    offensive to another, but does not rise to the
    level of a crime

3
Hate Crimes
  • Murder, Manslaughter, Robbery, Aggravated
  • Assault, Burglary, Motor Vehicle Theft, Arson,
  • Forcible Non-forcible Sex Offenses,
    Intimidations
  • Destruction, Damage or Vandalism of Property
  • any other crimes involving injury to any person
  • or property in which the victim is intentionally
  • selected because of actual or perceived race,
    gender,
  • religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or
    disability of
  • the victim.

4
Bias-motivated Incidents
  • Incident that do not fall into one of the crime
  • categories, hate offenses are referred to as
  • bias-motivated incidents. May include
  • Minor harassment
  • Verbal slurs
  • May be precursors to more serious hate
  • motivated violence

5
Reporting Hate Crimes Bias-motivated Incidents
  • Some occur without ever being officially reported
  • Some dont report because they want to put the
    incident behind them
  • Others not aware of or do not have access to
    proper resources which can offer assistance

6
How Do We Increase Reporting?
  • Make it as easy as possible
  • Confidential reporting?
  • Make sure victims know who they can report these
    crimes or incidents to
  • Provide victims with choice of pressing charges
    or taking some other action
  • When incidents do happen, send a clear message
    strongly condemning

7
Campus Response
  • Notify University Security
  • Notify Mankato Police
  • Members who may be involved
  • Security Director, Vice President of Student
    Affairs, Director of Student Rights and
    Responsibilities, Legal Counsel, Others dependant
    on nature of incident (e.g. American
    Intercultural Center, LGBT Center Director etc.)

8
Campus Response contd
  • Victim Assistance Resources
  • Staff trained to address
  • Special considerations
  • Adequately implement response
  • Presidents strong public position in support
  • Demonstrates commitment

9
Campus Response contd
  • Communication media relations
  • Reduce rumors
  • Provide accurate timely information
  • Work w/ Media Relations Cabinet to develop
    appropriate communications
  • Take seriously, quick response crucial
  • Offenders look for reaction from community if
    ignored easily conclude others sympathetic to
    ideology

10
Bias Incident Example
  • A Resident Assistant finds that someone has
    scrawled KKK on the lobby wall of a residence
    hall.

11
Hate Crime Example
  • Several students come into your office to report
    that someone sent threatening email messages to
    specific minority international students,
    opening with the line,
  • Your time is up
  • Go back home

12
Hate Crime Example
  • Last night a group of white men shout racial
    slurs at four international students outside of a
    bar in downtown Mankato, ending in a fight.
  • All four students were injured taken to the
    hospital. Two of the students remain in the
    hospital.
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