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D.C. Council to hold hate crimes enforcement hearing


Added 09-04-19 10:03:01pm EST - “D.C. Council member Charles Allen said Wednesday he will schedule after summer recess a hearing on the increase of hate crimes in the city and the lack of prosecution of those crimes by the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “D.C. Council to hold hate crimes enforcement hearing ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

D.C. Council member Charles Allen said Wednesday he will schedule after summer recess a hearing on the increase of hate crimes in the city and the lack of prosecution of those crimes by the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

“I certainly heard from many LGBT residents that are hurt by this, frightened by this, that are concerned that when hate comes into our city, we don’t have a proper response from a prosecution standpoint,” said Mr. Allen, Ward 6 Democrat.

He said plans to schedule in October a hearing by the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, which he chairs.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton last week sent a second letter to U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu about her office’s decline in prosecutions as the city sees an increase in hate crimes, especially against the LGBT community. She said she had gotten no response to her first letter requesting information in July.

“I am concerned about the low prosecution rates by your office compared to those of other cities,” Ms. Norton wrote in a letter dated Aug. 28. “I would like an explanation for the very high declination rate for hate crime prosecutions by your office and whether these declination decisions stemmed from a lack of resources or from other causes.”

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